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Deputy Secretary of Defense

Patrick M. Shanahan

Patrick M. Shanahan became the 33rd deputy defense secretary on July 19, 2017. In his role, he aspires to usher in a new age of innovation and effectiveness. He supports Secretary Mattis' efforts to fulfill three priorities: improve readiness through increased lethality, expand and strengthen alliances and partnerships, and reform how we do business.

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Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks at the Air, Space & Cyber Conference at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2018.
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Time Is Now to Execute National Defense Strategy, Shanahan Says Story | Full Event | Transcript | Strategy
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan walks with Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Brig. Gen. Philip Garrant, SMC vice commander, Joy White, SMC executive director, during a tour of Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif., Aug 27, 2018. Air Force photo by Van De Ha
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Deputy Secretary Discusses Future of Space Force Story | Special Report