Gerald A. Cann

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Gerald A. Cann was Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Engineering and Systems) in 1981 and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions) from 1990 to 1993.

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Gerald A. Cann was born April 29, 1931, in New York City. He attended New York University, receiving a B.A. in 1953. Upon graduating, he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, serving there until 1955. He then joined the American Machine and Foundry Co. In 1965, he joined TRW as assistant program manager for surface ship sonar systems and program manager for undersea surveillance.

Cann joined the government in 1970 as assistant director for ocean surveillance at the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering. In 1977, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Systems. In 1979, he became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Engineering, and Systems.

In 1981, President of the United States Ronald Reagan nominated Cann as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Engineering and Systems) and Cann held this office from January 1981 until December 1981.

Cann left government service in 1985 to become president of his own company, Gerald A. Cann, Inc. In 1988, he joined General Dynamics as vice president of GD's undersea warfare center in Arlington, Virginia.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush nominated Cann as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions) and Cann served in this office from March 1990 until January 1993.

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Government offices
Preceded by
David E. Mann
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research and Development)
January 1981 – December 1981
Succeeded by
Melvyn R. Paisley
Preceded by
New Office
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisitions)
March 1990 – January 1993
Succeeded by
Nora Slatkin