By Jalen Brown, Army News Service
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm former Army Ranger Ryan McCarthy as the next under secretary of the Army.
President Donald J. Trump nominated McCarthy in June for the position. He will succeed Karl Schneider, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary of the Army.
Responsibilities of the under secretary include the Army’s budget, business transformation and energy-efficiency initiatives.
McCarthy graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.
He served in the 75th Ranger Regiment during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Early in his career, McCarthy worked at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He later became a staff member at the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Later in his career, McCarthy served as an assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
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.
In his confirmation hearing conducted July 12, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCarthy described the Army as “the lynch pin of the U.S. military since 9/11,” despite increasing danger and uncertainty in the world and a smaller Army.
“If confirmed, I will prioritize the readiness of the total Army, modernization of capabilities, and care of the force,” McCarthy told the committee.
McCarthy described the Army as a “people organization.”
“If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to develop solutions to address the well-being of the men and women in uniform across the total force, their families and the civilian workforce,” he said.
McCarthy referenced the sacrifices made by Soldiers and their families over the past 16 years, “collectively fighting the longest war in the nation’s history.”
McCarthy described the job of under secretary as challenging. He said that modernizing the Army and maintaining its near-term readiness under the Budget Control Act will not be an easy task.
McCarthy’s initial message to the Force
What an honor it is to again be a part of the United States Army, the world’s most powerful and effective land fighting force, made up of the finest men and women our great nation has to offer.
As a veteran and a Soldier for Life, I’m extremely humbled to assume the duties of under secretary of the Army.
Our Army continues to be the most trained and ready-to-fight force worldwide. The Army has made great progress in improving its readiness across the total force.
However, being ready to fight today’s adversaries is not enough. Now, the Army must also focus efforts on modernizing today to be ready to fight tomorrow, against increasingly capable adversaries and near peer competitors.
This will involve hard choices and investment to rapidly develop capabilities that our Soldiers will need to win decisively across all domains on complex future battlefields.
We must not forget that our most important assets continue to be the Soldiers, Department of Army civilians, and families that make up the Total Army.
Over the last 16 years, much has been asked of you, and you have delivered. You continue to fight the longest war in our nation’s history while meeting additional challenges worldwide, and this demand is not going away.
I will work tirelessly to honor your service and sacrifice, to maintain the high quality of our volunteer force, and provide you the quality of life you deserve.
Thank you for your dedication to our nation. I look forward to serving alongside you.
Ryan D. McCarthy
33rd Under Secretary of the Army