Mr. Chaudhary has been nominated for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Energy and Environment
US President Joe Biden announced on October 14th his intention to nominate the Indian Ravi Chaudhary for a key position in the Pentagon.
Mr. Chaudhary, a former Air Force officer, has been nominated for the position of Deputy Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Energy and Environment.
He must be ratified by the United States Senate before he can be sworn in for this key position in the Pentagon.
Mr. Chaudhary previously served as a senior executive with the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was Director of Advanced Programs and Innovation, Office of Commercial Space, for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to his White House-published biography.
In this role, Mr. Chaudhary was responsible for conducting advanced development and research programs in support of the FAA’s commercial space mission.
During his time at the Ministry of Transport, he was also Executive Director responsible for regions and center operations, where he was responsible for the integration and support of flight operations in nine national regions.
In active service with the US Air Force from 1993 to 2015, he completed a variety of operational, technical and managerial staff duties in the Air Force, the White House announced.
As a C-17 pilot, he carried out global flight operations, including numerous combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as a ground assignment as director of the Personal Recovery Center, Multi-National Corps, Iraq.
As a flight test engineer, he was responsible for flight certification of military avionics and hardware for Air Force modernization programs to support flight safety and accident prevention.
Early in his career, he assisted space launch operations for the Global Positioning System (GPS) and directed the third tier and flight safety activities to ensure the full operability of the first GPS constellation, the White House said.
As a systems engineer, he supported the protection activities of the NASA International Space Station to ensure the safety of NASA astronauts.
He also served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama administration.
In that capacity, he advised the President on the executive’s efforts to improve veterans’ support to the AAPI community.
Mr. Chaudhary holds a PhD specializing in Executive Leadership and Innovation from Georgetown University’s DLS program, an MS in Industrial Engineering from St. Mary’s University as a NASA Graduate Fellow, an MA in Operational Arts and Military Science from Air University, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Air Force Academy.
He is a graduate of the Federal Institute for the Executive and holds certifications from the Ministry of Defense in the areas of program management, testing and evaluation, and systems technology.