Vice Admiral Lee Gunn (Ret.) is president of CNA's Institute for Public Research (IPR) in Alexandria, Virginia. IPR meets the research and analysis needs of those who address domestic policy issues in the areas of air traffic management, education, safety and security, energy, water, and climate, and other domestic issues.
Gunn joined CNA in 2001 after serving in the U.S. Navy for 35 years. His last active duty assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy, and he has extensive experience with manpower, personnel, and training, serving in eight assignments in those areas during his career.
Immediately after concluding his active duty career, Gunn was asked by the Chief of Naval Operations to lead the Executive Review of Navy Training. The nine-month review was conducted by a senior team of experts in a variety of disciplines from the uniformed Navy, the corps of Department of the Navy Civilians, and the business and education communities. The recommendations of the Review continue to be implemented by the Navy, bringing about a revolution in training and learning for Navy men and women.
Gunn also serves as: President of the American Security Project, a bi-partisan national security think tank in Washington, DC; Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; an advisor to the Global Perspectives Initiative at the University of Central Florida: and a member and Executive Board member of the Surface Navy Association, the professional association of more than 7,000 surface warriors and supporters. He served as President of the Surface Navy Association from 2001-2006.
Gunn holds a bachelor’s degree in Experimental and Physiological Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.