Francis Joseph Harvey

19th Secretary of the United States Army

Harvey was born and raised in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The majority of Harvey’s career was spent with corporations that provided products and services to the federal government, particularly the United States Department of Defense, and included a year of government service. He was formerly CEO of the IT Group, a defense contractor. He was involved in over 20 major defense programs across the entire spectrum from undersea to outer space, including tanks, missiles, submarines, surface ships, aircraft and satellites. In addition, he was a member of the Army Science Board in the late 1990s, traveling to numerous U.S. Army installations, and participated in early studies that helped define the Future Combat System. Harvey also served for one year as a White House Fellow and assistant in the immediate office of the Secretary of Defense, Harold Brown, in the late 1970s.

Harvey served as the senior civilian official within the Department of the Army. He was responsible for all matters relating to Army manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management, as well as an annual budget of $98.5 billion and over one million soldiers, personnel, and contractors.

Secretary Harvey currently serves on 14 boards and is an Advisory Board Member to the Veterans Memorial & Support Foundation of Los Gatos. He and his wife of 40 years, Mary, are residents of Los Gatos and have two children, Francis, a resident of Colorado and John, a resident of Willow Glen and five grandchildren.

Harvey held various professional, management and executive positions within the Westinghouse Corporation from 1969 to 1997, including President of the Electronics Systems Group, President of the Government and Environmental Services Company, and Chief Operating Officer of the multi billion dollar Industries and Technology Group. Harvey was also a Director and Vice Chairman of Duratek before his appointment as Army Secretary, a company specializing in treating radioactive, hazardous, and other wastes, as well as a member of the board of several other corporations. Today, he continues to serve as advisor and member of the board to several corporations in America.

Honors & awards

Harvey was nominated to serve as Secretary of the United States Army on September 15, 2004 by President George W. Bush. He served in this capacity from November 19, 2004 to March 9, 2007.

Education & training

He earned his doctorate in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania

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