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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 M. Shanahan shakes hands with Spirit of Service award recipients being recognized for their contribution to the Defense Department during a ceremony at the Pentagon, May 10, 2018. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Public Service Recognition Week. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan answers questions at a Defense Writers Group forum in Washington, April 24, 2018. The deputy secretary discussed reforms and re-engineering in the department. DoD photo by Jim Garamone
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