Matt Shipley serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Readiness. He is the focal point within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the near-term strategic and operational readiness of the Armed Services, developing and overseeing policies and programs to ensure the U.S. military is ready to perform missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense. In this capacity, he also serves as a principal staff advisor on global force management and Reserve Component mobilization, and is responsible for the Department’s quarterly readiness reporting to Congress.
Prior to this role, Mr. Shipley served as the Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Ted Cruz. He advised the Senator on national security and veteran matters, crafted public policies to improve our warfighting capabilities and represented the Senator to community and military leaders. Previously, Mr. Shipley served for 20 years in the United States Navy where he completed four deployments as an EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer and served on several major staffs, including Commander, Carrier Group ONE, United States Central Command, and the United Kingdom’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.
Mr. Shipley received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, where upon graduation he was accepted to the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society.
Mr. Shipley resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and four children.