Michael B. Donley
|22nd United States Secretary of the Air Force|
June 21, 2008 – June 21, 2013
Acting: June 21, 2008 – October 2, 2008
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Michael W. Wynne|
|Succeeded by||Deborah Lee James|
|Director of Administration and Management|
May 9, 2005 – June 20, 2008
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Raymond F. DuBois|
|Succeeded by||Michael Rhodes|
|Comptroller and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management|
December 1, 1989 – January 19, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Richard E. Carver|
|Succeeded by||Robert F. Hale|
|Born||October 4, 1952|
Novato, California, U.S.
|Education||University of Southern California (BA, MA)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1972–1975|
|Unit||18th Airborne Corps|
5th Special Forces Group
Michael Bruce Donley (born October 4, 1952) is a former senior United States government official, who served as the 22nd Secretary of the United States Air Force, amongst other positions. Donley has 30 years of experience in the national security community, including service on the staff of the United States Senate, White House and The Pentagon. Donley previously served as the Director of Administration and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Donley was born in Novato, California. He earned his B.A. (1977) and M.A. (1978) in international relations from the University of Southern California. He also attended the Program for Senior Executives in National Security at Harvard University.
Donley served in the United States Army (1972–1975). He attended the Army's Intelligence School (1972), Airborne school (1974), and Defense Language Institute (1973). He served in the 18th Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group.
Donley was editor of the National Security Record for the Heritage Foundation in 1978 and part of 1979. He was a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate from 1979 to 1981, and then a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1981 to 1984.
Donley served as director of defense programs and deputy executive secretary at the National Security Council from 1984 through 1989. As deputy executive secretary, he oversaw the White House Situation Room and chaired interagency committees on crisis management procedures and continuity of government. Earlier, as director of defense programs, Donley was the NSC representative to the Defense Resources Board, and coordinated the President's quarterly meetings with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He conceived and organized the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (the Packard Commission), coordinated White House policy on the Goldwater-Nichols DOD Reorganization Act of 1986, and wrote the National Security Strategy for President Ronald Reagan's second term.
In 1989, Donley was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller). In this position, he was responsible for preparing the air force budget, cost estimating of weapon systems, economic analysis, and providing financial services to all air force personnel. He served as assistant secretary until 1993, when he became Acting Secretary of the Air Force. Donley served as acting secretary for seven months until July 1993.
After leaving the air force, Donley became a senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He stayed at the institute until 1996 when he became a senior vice president at Hicks and Associates, Inc., a division of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). While there, he served as a special advisor to the United States Department of State for affairs in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
On May 9, 2005, United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appointed Donley director of administration and management. In this position, he oversaw 1,300 employees who provide administrative and support services to the Department of Defense's Washington headquarters, which includes The Pentagon. He was responsible for the $5.5 billion Pentagon Renovation and Construction Program.
Secretary of the Air Force
On June 9, 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates recommended that President George W. Bush nominate Donley to become the Secretary of the Air Force. Gates also announced Donley would become the acting Secretary of the Air Force effective on June 21, 2008 (a position he had also held in 1993 with the start of the Clinton administration). The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination as the 22nd Secretary of the Air Force on October 2, 2008. Donley was reappointed as the Secretary of the Air Force by President Barack Obama in January 2009.
As the Secretary of the Air Force, Donley was responsible for the operation of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of more than 300,000 men and women on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and their families, the 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, and 160,000 civilian employees of the air force. Donley also oversaw the annual budget of the Department of the Air Force, about $110 billion.
On April 13, 2009, Donley and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Norton A. Schwartz jointly published an opinion piece in The Washington Post supporting the decision by Secretary Gates to discontinue the production of the F-22 Raptor fighter plane. Donley stated the "requirements for fighter inventories have declined and F-22 program costs have risen."
- 1972 U.S. Army Intelligence School, Fort Huachuca, Arizona
- 1973 Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California
- 1974 U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia
- 1977 Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- 1978 Master of Arts degree in international relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- 1986 Senior Executives in National Security program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- 1972 – 1975, U.S. Army, XVIIIth Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina
- 1978 – 1979, editor, National Security Record, Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
- 1979 – 1981, legislative assistant, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.
- 1981 – 1984, professional staff member, Senate Armed Services Committee, Washington, D.C.
- 1984 – 1987, director of defense programs, National Security Council, The White House, Washington, D.C.
- 1987 – 1989, deputy executive secretary, National Security Council, the White House, Washington, D.C.
- 1989 – 1993, assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), Washington, D.C.
- 1993, acting Secretary of the Air Force, Washington D.C.
- 1993 – 1996, senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Va.
- 1996 – 2005, senior vice president at Hicks and Associates, Inc. (a subsidiary of SAIC) McLean, Virginia
- 2005 – 2008, director of administration and management, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
- 2008 – 2013, Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- "Biographies: Michael B. Donley". Washington, DC: U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Office. July 2008. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2009. United States Air Force military biography
- "DefenseLink Biography". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- Tyson, Ann Scott (June 7, 2008). "Pentagon Official May Head Air Force". Washingtonpost.com. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
- "Defense Secretary Gates Announces Recommendations to the President on Senior Air Force Leadership Positions", Officer of the Secretary of Defense Press Release, United States Department of Defense, Washington, DC, June 9, 2008.
- Donley, Michael; Norton Schwartz (April 13, 2009). "Moving Beyond the F-22". Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
- Schogoll, Jeff (June 21, 2013). "Donley retires; Under Secretary Fanning becomes acting AF secretary". Military Times. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- "Michael B Donley." Carroll's Federal Directory. Carroll Publishing, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Document Number: K2415004431. Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library.
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