Gauss turns over SPAWAR reins to Slaght

Gauss turns over SPAWAR reins to Slaght

Rear Adm. John A. Gauss, commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, will retire from the Navy July 1, but he plans to continue working for the government.

Rear Adm. John Gauss
Gauss last week turned over the SPAWAR leadership to Rear Adm. Ken Slaght, who had been his vice commander.

After a month-long vacation, Gauss said, he will take another federal job. He said it won't be with the Defense Department, but he would not give further details.

Rear Adm. Ken Slaght
Gauss was instrumental in developing the Navy's Information Technology for the 21st Century initiative, the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment and early work on the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

Gauss became SPAWAR commander in March 1998. He previously worked as director of the Allied and Fleet Requirements Division for the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Directorate of the Navy's headquarters staff. Before that, he was the Defense Information Systems Agency's deputy director for engineering and interoperability.

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