Donald C. Stanton
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Don Stanton is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Transportation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is responsible for the development of policies in support of DoD distribution, traffic management, and transportation systems.
Mr. Stanton was commissioned through Cornell University Navy ROTC in 1972 and served aboard USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) and then USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) as an Officer of the Deck (Fleet) off Vietnam. He was a P-3C anti-submarine mission commander/ instructor pilot in Patrol Squadrons 45 and 49 and led maintenance and safety departments. Mr. Stanton was Africa and Latin America desk officer on the Navy staff and served as a naval assistant to political appointees in OSD Policy working on NATO arms cooperation programs and allied naval modernization.
As defense trade assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce, he interfaced with industry and served on interagency working groups focusing on the Japanese/ Korean fighter programs and space commercialization and was TDY in Saudi Arabia for Kuwait reconstruction. Mr. Stanton developed and led business training programs for former Soviet defense industry executives as part of the US-Russian Governments’ Defense Conversion Committee within the Nunn-Lugar Program. He has about 15,000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from the B-727 to the B-747, served as assistant to the chief pilot at LaGuardia Airport, and helped lead pilot legislative and strategic planning committees.
Mr. Stanton received an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, was adjunct professor of International Relations & Geography at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria), and served on a regional citizens transportation advisory committee. He received the Defense Superior Service, Vietnam Service, Combat Action, and Armed Forces Expeditionary medals.