The Aerospace Corporation Announces Board Changes

Corporate Staff
posted September 17, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2013) – The Honorable Michael B. Donley was elected to the board of trustees of The Aerospace Corporation effective September 11, 2013.

Donley most recently served as 22nd secretary of the Air Force from June 2008 to June 2013. He was responsible for all affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the recruiting, training, and equipping of more than 600,000 military and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $110 billion. As secretary, he concurrently served as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Space, chairing the DOD Space Council and coordinating the department’s space policies, plans, and programs with other government agencies.

Donley previously served as director of Administration and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2008. He was a defense consultant from 1993 to 2005, first as a senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and later as a senior vice president of Hicks & Associates. From 1989 to 1993, Donley served as assistant secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management & Comptroller), including seven months as acting secretary of the Air Force.

Donley served two presidents and five national security advisors during his service at the National Security Council from 1984 to 1989, first as director of defense programs and later as deputy executive secretary. He spent five years in the U.S. Senate, including four years as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Donley is a recipient of the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service and equivalent awards from the Army, Navy, and Air Force. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Southern California.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 3,500 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.

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