Originally from Doylestown, Ohio, Vice Admiral P. Stanley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.
After nuclear power and submarine training, he served his junior officer tour aboard USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619G), his department head tour in Submarine NR-1 as engineer officer, and his executive officer tour aboard USS William H. Bates(SSN 680).
Command assignments include USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) and Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5.
Following selection to flag rank, he has twice been assigned as commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Force 6th Fleet (CTF 69); commander, Submarines Allied Naval Forces South; and commander, Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Force (CTF 164). During the second assignment, he performed additional duties as the director, Navy Europe Plans and Operations Center for the combined staff of Navy Europe and 6th Fleet.
Although his early shore assignments were in submarine support positions - first as the radiological controls officer for Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and later, as the Program branch head for the Director of Naval Intelligence (OP-923) in Washington D.C. - all subsequent shore assignments have been in financial management positions. These positions include: division head for Total Force Programming/Manpower (N122); head of Program Planning and Development Branch (N801); chief of the Program and Budget Analysis Division (J8 PBAD); deputy director, Submarine Warfare Division (N77B); and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, deputy Chief of Staff for Capabilities and Resource Integration (N8). Most recently, he completed an assignment as director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J8) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Stanley is currently the principal deputy director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
He is authorized to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit in addition to several other personal and unit awards.