The Honorable Matthew P. Donovan is currently Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
Mr. Donovan was sworn in as the Under Secretary of the Air Force on August 3, 2017, and served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force from June 2019 until October 2019. In his current capacity, Mr. Donovan serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense for force management; force readiness; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; health affairs; training; and military and civilian personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life matters.
Prior to beginning his tenure as the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Mr. Donovan served as majority policy director and professional staff member on the U. S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. In those positions he provided advice, counsel, and recommendations to the committee chairman on global regional security affairs, as well as all matters related to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps fixed wing aircraft, manned and unmanned tactical aviation programs, bomber, mobility, and special mission aircraft, as well as research and development, aircraft procurement, and sustainment programs.
Mr. Donovan retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel after 31 years of enlisted and officer active duty service. He is a command pilot with over 2,900 hours of flight time in the F-15C Eagle and the F-5E Tiger II. During his military service, Mr. Donovan gained an extensive background in Air Force operations, commanded a fighter squadron and the Air Force Officer Training School, held a variety of operational flying and staff positions at the wing, major command, and joint and combined staff levels, and was an F-15C Eagle aerial demonstration pilot.
Mr. Donovan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in technical management from Regis University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University, a Master of Arts degree in Airpower Art and Science from the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.