Rudy Ostovich III

Rudolph Ostovich III
MG, US Army (Retired)

Vice Director of The Joint Staff, The Pentagon
Commanding General, US Army Aviation Center and Fort Rucker, AL
Director, Army Doctrine, US Army Training and Doctrine Command
Director, Strategic Plans and Political-Military Affairs, US Pacific Command
Multiple command and staff assignments over more than 30-years of active duty military service

M.S, International Relations, George Washington University, Wash DC
B.A. Liberal Arts, Ripon College, WI
US Army War College
US Naval Command and Staff College


General “Rudy” Ostovich is the managing partner of Parker Ostovich & Associates, LLC a defense consulting firm located in the Wash DC area specializing in conventional Army and special operations areas of manned and unmanned aviation. He has over 30-years of distinguished military service combined with 16-years in the private sector. His experience extends across a broad spectrum of high-level responsibilities including defense planning, programming, strategic military operations and private business.

General Ostovich began his military career as an Airborne-Ranger infantryman with an initial assignment as a rifle platoon leader. It was here as a foot-soldier that he learned the fundamentals of leadership and began an appreciation for employing helicopters to gain tactical advantage over the enemy. After becoming an Army aviator, his assignments alternated between airborne-infantry and aviation units advancing his practical knowledge and professional understanding involving the role of helicopters. Two tours in Vietnam and command of an assault helicopter company in combat provided the foundation from which later emerged significant contributions to Army aviation and present military operations as he helped shape the doctrine of three-dimensional land warfare.

As Commanding General of the US Army Aviation Center and Chief of Army Aviation, he pioneered the advancement of helicopter forces as an integral component of the Army’s combat arms. He helped define requirements for the development of helicopter systems, to include their logistic support, training programs, leadership development, tactical employment and doctrinal integration with joint and combined arms forces. He was instrumental in the requirements, development, and evaluation processes for all modern Army aviation programs to include Black Hawk, Chinook, Apache, Kiowa Warrior, and a long list of other manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

As Director of Army Doctrine, General Ostovich helped author the first doctrinal products that would later guide joint and combined warfare in operations such as Desert Storm, OIF and OEF. He also served as Joint Director, Strategic Plans and Policies for the Pacific Command where he was engaged in civil-military operations throughout the Pacific Rim.

This highly decorated combat veteran completed his active duty service in the Pentagon as Vice Director of The Joint Staff, where he was involved with drafting our National Security Strategy in the post-Cold War era, initiating joint training and force development programs during a period of declining budgets, and coordinating the engagement of joint military forces in pursuit of national security interests.

General Ostovich earned a MS in international relations from George Washington University, Wash, D.C. and a BA in liberal arts from Ripon College, Ripon, WI.  He attended the National Security Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, MA and the Senior Leaders Course at the Center for Creative Leadership, Greenville, SC.  He attended the Army’s infantry, aviation, airborne and Ranger schools, the Naval Command and Staff College and the Army War College.