William G. Bushman is currently Performing the Duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this capacity, Mr. Bushman serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, assisting with the development and oversight of the policies, plans, and programs to ensure the readiness, lethality, and well-being of 2.2 million military members. Additionally, he assists with management of the defense health program, commissary and exchange program, and the defense education system.
Prior to his tenure in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness, he was the Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. In that capacity, he was responsible for planning, coordination, and implementation of a wide range of sensitive policy issues on behalf of the Secretary. He also served as the Director of the Secretary of Defense Action Group, leading the team responsible for the Secretary’s engagement strategies with the interagency, Congress, private industry, and other national security stakeholders.
Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Bushman was a practicing attorney at the law firms of Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and McGuire Woods in Richmond, Virginia. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Doumar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Honorable Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Bushman served as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He deployed to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Egypt (MFO-Sinai) with the 82nd Airborne Division. He later served with the Second Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.
Mr. Bushman was born and raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He and his wife, Shelli, have two daughters.