David S. C. Chu, Ph.D.
Under Secretary of
Personnel and Readiness
David S. C. Chu
was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and
Readiness on June 1, 2001. A Presidential appointee confirmed by
the Senate, he is the 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 and is responsible for
overseeing the state of military readiness.
Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness also oversees
the $15 billion Defense Health Program, Defense Commissaries and
Exchanges with $14.5 billion in annual sales, the Defense
Education Activity which supports over 100,000 students, and the
Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, the nation’s
largest equal opportunity training program.
Dr. Chu earlier
served in government as the Director and then Assistant Secretary
of Defense (Program Analysis and Evaluation) from May 1981 to
January 1993. In that capacity, he advised the Secretary of
Defense on the future size and structure of the armed forces,
their equipment, and their preparation for crisis or conflict.
From 1978 to 1981,
Dr. Chu served as the Assistant Director for National Security
and International Affairs, Congressional Budget Office, providing
advice to the Congress on the full range of national security and
international economic issues.
Dr. Chu began his
service to the nation in 1968 when he was commissioned in the
Army and became an instructor at the U.S. Army Logistics
Management Center, Fort Lee VA. He later served a tour of duty in
the Republic of Vietnam, working in the Office of the
Comptroller, Headquarters, 1st Logistical Command. He obtained
the rank of captain and completed his service with the Army in
Prior to rejoining
the Department of Defense, Dr. Chu served in several senior
executive positions with RAND, including Director of the Arroyo
Center, the Army's federally funded research and development
center for studies and analysis and Director of RAND's Washington
Dr. Chu received a
Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, in Economics and
Mathematics from Yale University in 1964 and a Doctorate in
Economics, also from Yale, in 1972. He is a fellow of the
National Academy of Public Administration and a recipient of its
National Public Senior Award. He holds the Department of Defense
Medal for Distinguished Public service with silver palm.