Deputy Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

Mr. Theodore J. Short, Jr

Mr. Jerry Short currently serves as the acting deputy commander of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). As the senior civilian reporting directly to the commander, he is responsible for planning and organizational effectiveness related to executing NAVAIR’s mission: to deliver timely and sustainable naval aviation capabilities to ensure warfighter success. With a workforce of more than 30,000 civilian/military personnel located at eight primary sites, NAVAIR provides support to naval aviation customers and affiliated Program Executive Offices in research and development, engineering, test and evaluation, acquisition, in-service support and repair/modification of aircraft, weapons and related systems.

Mr. Short’s federal career spans more than 32 years with a solid experience base in financial management. During his tenure with NAVAIR, he has held numerous financial management positions overseeing budget formulation, execution, and financial reporting.

Mr. Short entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the NAVAIR Comptroller in May 2010. He was responsible for the strategic budgeting, accounting, and financial management of NAVAIR’s approximately $30 billion in acquisition and sustainment funds annually, for formulating fiscal policies, and for exercising effective controls over financial operations in the functional areas of budget, accounting and finance, and audit and review.

He received a bachelor of arts from Salisbury University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. He holds an executive leadership certificate in Strategic Management from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and completed the Navy Executive Leadership Program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A member of the Navy’s Executive Diversity Advisory Council and NAVAIR’s Executive Diversity Council, Mr. Short spent 11 years as an executive champion for NAVAIR diversity action teams including the Women’s Initiative Network and the African-American Pipelines Action Team. He received an executive certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Georgetown University and a professional certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

A member of the DoD Financial Management Community, he is a certified Level III Financial Manager and a certified Defense Financial Manager with a specialty in Acquisition (CDFM-A). He has been recognized twice with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and has received the ASN (FM&C) Lifetime Achievement Award in Financial Management. He is president of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

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