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John Roth

Resourcing and Financial Management

Mr. John P. Roth served as the Acting Secretary of the Air Force until July 2021. In this role, Mr. Roth led the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. He was responsible for organizing, training, and equipping Air and Space Forces and for the welfare of 697,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen, Guardians, and their families. As the Department’s senior leader overseeing an annual budget of more than $205 billion, Mr. Roth directed strategy, policy, acquisitions, technology, personnel, and risk management. He implemented decisions of the President and Congress and fulfills Combatant Commanders’ operational requirements.

Mr. Roth served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller from January 2018 to May 2020. As the Department’s comptroller and chief financial officer, he was the principal advisor on all financial matters to ensure the effective and efficient utilization of the Department’s financial resources. Mr. Roth oversaw the budgeting, auditing, cost estimating and financial operations that support Air Force priorities, in accordance with Congressional, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force Direction.

From June to October 2019 and May to December 2020, Mr. Roth performed the duties of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.
Mr. Roth entered the Senior Executive Service in 1990 and has held several key leadership positions within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Most recently, he served as the Deputy Comptroller (Program and Budget), the most senior career financial manager in the Department of Defense, responsible for the development and execution of a $550 billion annual budget. In addition, from January 2017 through May 2017, Mr. Roth performed the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer. He is a past President of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.