David S. C. Chu was sworn in as the under secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on June 1, 2001, at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is the Defense secretary's senior policy advisor on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for 1.4 million active duty military personnel, 1.3 million Guard and Reserve personnel and 680,000 DoD civilians.
The under secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness oversees the Defense Health Program, Defense Commissaries and Exchanges, the Defense Education Activity and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, the nation's largest equal opportunity training program.
Before his appointment as the under secretary, Chu served in several positions as a senior executive with the RAND Corp. Most recently, he was vice president for the Army Research Division and director, Arroyo Center. Prior to that time, he was the director, Washington Office, and associate chairman of the Research Staff.
Chu received a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in economics and mathematics from Yale University in 1964. His further studies at Yale ultimately earned him a doctorate degree in economics.
Chu began his service to the nation in 1968 when he was commissioned in the Army and later served a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, working in the Office of the Comptroller, Hq., 1st Logistical Command. He obtained the rank of captain and completed his service with the Army in 1970.
Chu served in both the Reagan and Bush Administrations as the director and assistant secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation. Chu previously served as the assistant director for National Security and International Affairs, Congressional Budget Office.