Jacques S. Gansler was sworn in Nov. 10 as the seventh under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. The under secretary serves as the principal assistant to the secretary of Defense for acquisition, research and development, logistics, communications, information systems, advanced technology, international programs, environmental security, nuclear, chemical and biological programs, and the defense technology and industrial base.
Prior to his appointment by President Bill Clinton, Gansler was executive vice president and director for TASC Inc., an applied information technology company in Arlington, Va. He previously held positions as deputy assistant secretary of Defense (Materiel Acquisition); assistant director of Defense Research and Engineering (Electronics); vice president, I.T.T; program management, Singer Corporation; and engineering management, Raytheon Corp.
Gansler has served on numerous special committees and advisory boards to include tenures as vice chairman, Defense Science Board; chairman, Board of Visitors, Defense Acquisition University; director, Procurement Round Table; chairman, Industry Advisory Board of Visitors, University of Virginia; chairman, Board of Visitors, University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs; member of the Federal Aviation Administration Blue Ribbon Panel on Acquisition Reform; and senior consultant to the "Packard Commission" on Defense Acquisition Reform.
Gansler is the author of "Defense Conversion: Transforming the Arsenal of Democracy"; "Affording Defense"; and "The Defense Industry". He is also a contributing author on 12 books on national security, research and development management, and public administration, as well as numerous journal papers, newspaper articles, and Congressional testimony.
From 1984 to 1997, Gansler was also a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is an honorary professor, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and formerly was visiting professor at the University of Virginia.
Gansler holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Yale University; a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University; a master of arts degree in political economy from the New School for Social Research; and a doctorate degree in economics from American University.