Honorable Robert B. Pirie, Jr., has been asked by the Bush
Administration to serve as Acting Secretary of the Navy until the
nomination and confirmation of an appointee by Mr. Bush. Mr. Pirie was
confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of the Navy on 12
October 2000. He has over 30 years experience in defense-related work
in the armed forces, the civil service and in industry.
A Naval Academy
graduate in the class of 1955, he was also a Rhodes Scholar, and
attended Oxford University from 1956 to 1959. He served 20 years as a
naval officer, culminating his service with three years in command of
a nuclear attack submarine.
Upon retirement from the Navy in 1975 Mr. Pirie
joined the newly formed Congressional Budget Office as Deputy
Assistant Director, National Security. In 1977 Mr. Pirie became
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve
Affairs and Logistics) . He was nominated to be Assistant Secretary of
Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics) by President Carter
in December 1978, and served in that position until January 1981.
After leaving government service he held a variety
of positions in the private sector, including that of president of
Essex Corporation and vice president of the Center for Naval Analyses
and vice president of the Institute for Defense Analyses. He directed
the CNO Strategic Studies Group from 1989 to 1992. He previously held
the position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and
Environment) from March of 1994 to October 2000, and Under Secretary
of the Navy from 12 October 2000 to 20 January 2001.