Culled from Boeing to fill the role as the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian, Pat Shanahan worked on the failed RAH-66 Comanche program—a prime example of the government’s broken acquisition system—and oversaw the initial recovery of Boeing’s 787 before he took the helm of the company’s commercial airplane programs. Shanahan plans to use his experience shaking up Boeing Commercial Airplanes to implement positive change at the Pentagon. At Boeing, he used ...

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