Interview: Air Force Under Secretary Matt Donovan talks service’s relationship with Congress

WASHINGTON — Air Force Under Secretary Matt Donovan is used to playing a critical but often backstage role in shaping policy and budgets. In his most recent job as the Senate Armed Services Committee’s majority policy director, the former F-15 pilot helped helm Sen. John McCain’s tough criticism of Air Force programs like those of the B-21 bomber and F-35 fighter jet.

Now Donovan finds himself on the other side of the budgetary process, as he works within the Pentagon to help Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein figure out how best to fund a host of competing priorities.


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