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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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