Matthew Donovan, a policy director and professional staff member at the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been nominated to serve as the next U.S. Air Force undersecretary, Air Force Times reported Thursday.
In his current role, Donovan advises committee ChairmanÂ John McCain (R-Arizona) on matters related to the Defense Department‘sÂ fixed-wing, manned and unmanned tactical aviation programs for all four service branches, as well as on Air ForceÂ aircraft procurement, research, development, bomber, mobility and sustainment efforts.
The 26-year Air Force officer has recorded more than 2,900 flight hours with F-15 and F-5E aircraft during his military career.
He also supported various combat missions as a pilot under Operation Southern Watch in Iraq and led the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base.
Donovan worked as a senior defense policy analyst at Science Applications International Corp.Â from October 2008 to March 2009.