Janine Davidson has began work as the U.S. Navy chief management officer and an undersecretary of the service branch after being sworn in to her new duties on March 22.
The Navy said Monday Davidson’s new role will add to her almost three-decade experience in academic research, national security policy and military operations.
Davidson served as the Defense Department‘s deputy assistant secretary for plans from 2009 to 2012 and headed the creation of military war plans and policies for the U.S. forces’ global force posture.
She was also the founding director of the Center for Complex Operations within the Office of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, where she was director for stability operations.
She was a member of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and Reserve Forces Policy Board.
During her work in the academe, Davidson has authored articles on defense issues and taught political science and national security policy at Georgetown University, George Mason University and Davidson College.
Davidson joined the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned second lieutenant in 1988 and became the first woman to pilot a C-130 aircraft.