Marvin Robert Sambur (born March 31, 1946) is an American engineer and businessman who served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) from 2001 to 2005.

Marvin R. Sambur
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Marvin R. Sambur in c. 2001
Born (1946-03-31) March 31, 1946 (age 73)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
Doctoral advisorKenneth N. Stevens

Sambur was educated at the City College of New York, receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1968.[1] He then joined the technical staff of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, while continuing his education. He received an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT in 1972.[1]

Sambur worked at Bell Labs until 1977, when he joined ITT Defense Communications in Nutley, New Jersey, as senior vice president.[1] In 1988, he moved to Easton, Pennsylvania, to become president and general manager of the ITT's Electron Technology division.[1] He held that position until 1991, when he became president and general manager of ITT's Aerospace/Communications division in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1] Finally, in 1998, he became president and CEO of ITT Defense in McLean, Virginia.[1]

In 2001, President of the United States George W. Bush nominated Sambur to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition).[1] He held the office until January 2005.[2]

After leaving government service, Sambur co-founded Raptors Consulting Group, based in Potomac, Maryland.[3] He also joined the faculty of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.[3]

Sambur has been a resident of Denville Township, New Jersey.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Archived version of Sambur's Air Force Biography
  2. ^ "Payton Tapped for Acquisition Post", Air Force World, July 2006
  3. ^ a b ISR Faculty Profile Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Staff. "ITT Taps Division Chief", The Morning Call, November 3, 1986. Accessed June 4, 2018. "Dr. Marvin R. Sambur, vice president of operations for ITT Defense Communications Division, Nutley, N.J., has been named president and general manager of the ITT Electron Division of Easton.... He lives in Denville, N.J."
Government offices
Preceded by
Lawrence J. Delaney
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)
2001 – January 2005
Succeeded by
Sue C. Payton