David S. C. Chu

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David S. C. Chu
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United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
In office
June 1, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Bernard D. Rostker
Succeeded by Clifford L. Stanley
United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis & Evaluation
In office
May 19, 1981 – January 20, 1993
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Russell Murray II
Succeeded by William J. Lynn III
Personal details
Born (1944-05-28) May 28, 1944 (age 74)
New York, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Laura L. Tosi
Children 1
Alma mater Yale University (BA, PhD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1968–1970
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Vietnam War

David S. C. Chu (; pinyin: Zhū Sījiǔ; born May 28, 1944) is an American civil servant and consultant.

He was born in New York, New York on May 28, 1944.[1] He has served as the President and CEO of the non-profit Institute for Defense Analyses since 2009. From 2001 to 2008, he served as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in the George W. Bush administration.[2]

Chu received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University in 1964 and a PhD in Economics, also from Yale, in 1972 following a break due to military service.[3] In 1968 he was commissioned in the United States Army and became an instructor at the U.S. Army Logistics Management Center, Fort Lee, Virginia. He later served a tour of duty in the Vietnam War, working in the Office of the Comptroller, Headquarters, 1st Logistical Command. He obtained the rank of captain and completed his service with the Army in 1970.[2]

From 1978 to 1981, Chu served as the Assistant Director for National Security and International Affairs, Congressional Budget Office, providing advice to the Congress on the full range of national security and international economic issues. He was Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation and then Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Analysis and Evaluation) from May 1981 to January 1993. In that capacity, he advised the Secretary of Defense on the future size and structure of the armed forces, their equipment, and their preparation for crisis or conflict.[2]

From 1993 to 2001, Chu served in several senior executive positions with the RAND Corporation, including Vice President and Director of the Arroyo Center, the Army's federally funded research and development center for studies and analysis, and Director of RAND's Washington Office.[2]

Chu was appointed on June 1, 2001 as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In that position, he was responsible as the senior policy advisor on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits, and overseeing the state of military readiness. He left that position in 2008, and joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as President and CEO.[2]

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a recipient of its National Public Senior Award. He holds the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service with silver palm.[2]

Chu's father came from China to study at the University of Illinois, during World War II he worked for the China News Service[which?] and afterwards went to work for the United Nations. His mother's family came to America before the Revolutionary War[disambiguation needed]. Chu's brother was chairman of the music department at Hamline University and his sister is a human resources executive at Kent State University.[4]


  1. ^ "David S. C. Chu." American Men & Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 12 Sept. 2010. Document URL http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=K12-Reference&prodId=BIC1&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CK3099020461&mode=view&userGroupName=fairfax_main&jsid=6ffeb1ca1130c2a1ad8cae58a049578b Gale Document Number: GALE|K3099020461. Fee. Accessed via Fairfax County Public Library
  2. ^ a b c d e f ["Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Dr David S.C. Chu". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ Institute for Defense Analyses biography Archived 2009-04-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ http://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=44058

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