March 17, 2017: Patrick M. Shanahan was nominated as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense yesterday, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Shanahan, of Washington, is currently the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain and Operations at Boeing. Shanahan was previously the Senior Vice President for Airplane Programs at Boeing, where he oversaw the management of profits and losses for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs. Shanahan was also previously the Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems and the Vice President and General manager for Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia. If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Shanahan would succeed current Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work. Shanahan received an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management.