Ryan McCarthy (U.S. Army)

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Ryan McCarthy
Ryan McCarthy-Under Secretary of the Army.jpg
United States Under Secretary of the Army
Assumed office
August 3, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPatrick Murphy
Karl F. Schneider (Acting)
Acting United States Secretary of the Army
In office
August 3, 2017 – November 20, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRobert M. Speer (acting)
Succeeded byMark Esper
Personal details
EducationVirginia Military Institute (BA)
University of Maryland, College Park (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1997–2002
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain[1]
Unit75th Ranger Regiment
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and McCarthy look over paperwork while visiting Camp Eggers in Kabul on December 8, 2009

Ryan D. McCarthy is the United States Under Secretary of the Army and a United States Army Ranger and business executive. In June 2017, President Donald Trump nominated him to become the United States Under Secretary of the Army.[2] He was confirmed as United States Under Secretary of the Army by the United States Senate on August 1, 2017, by voice vote, and from August 3 to November 20, 2017, he assumed duties as acting United States Secretary of the Army.

Education and military service[edit]

McCarthy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from the Virginia Military Institute. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. A former United States Army Ranger, he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment during the United States invasion of Afghanistan.[3]


Early in his career, McCarthy worked at The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He became a professional staff member on the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs. McCarthy later served as a special assistant to former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, where he was "the right hand of the Defense secretary with front-office access."[3]

McCarthy joined Lockheed Martin in 2011, where he worked on programs including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. He most recently served as the vice president of the sustainment program for the F-35 program.[4]


  1. ^ Loyola Academy (August 3, 2017). "President Trump Nominates Ryan McCarthy '92 for Army Under Secretary". Loyola Academy. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration". The White House. June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mitchell, Ellen (June 7, 2017). "Trump to nominate former Ranger for Army undersecretary". The Hill. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Nicholas, Scott (June 7, 2017). "Former Lockheed Exec Ryan McCarthy to Be Nominated as Army Undersecretary". ExecutiveGov. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ryan D. McCarthy at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Robert M. Speer
United States Secretary of the Army

Succeeded by
Mark Esper