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Seth Visits the Pentagon
Published: 2016/10/14
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Raw: Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives at Pentagon
Raw: Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives at Pentagon
Published: 2017/01/21
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Secretary of Defense James (MAD DOG) Mattis 1ST DAY in office .... YES!
Secretary of Defense James (MAD DOG) Mattis 1ST DAY in office .... YES!
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Cool News
Watch Gen. James Mattis be sworn in as secretary of defense
Watch Gen. James Mattis be sworn in as secretary of defense
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis Takes Oath of Office
Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis Takes Oath of Office
Published: 2017/01/21
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Ceremonial swearing in of Defense Secretary James Mattis
Ceremonial swearing in of Defense Secretary James Mattis
Published: 2017/01/27
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President Obama Meets with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
President Obama Meets with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: The Obama White House
New Air Force Secretary Takes Office
New Air Force Secretary Takes Office
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Good Morning USA
Flournoy Reflects on Time in Office
Flournoy Reflects on Time in Office
Published: 2012/02/01
Channel: Department of Defense
Mad Dog Mattis arrives for first day as Secretary of Defense
Mad Dog Mattis arrives for first day as Secretary of Defense
Published: 2017/01/25
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Secretary of Defense Honors Renown With Freedom Award
Secretary of Defense Honors Renown With Freedom Award
Published: 2017/06/30
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OASD: News Briefing with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rums
OASD: News Briefing with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rums
Published: 2016/09/12
Channel: Images of Freedom
FNN: President Trump At Pentagon Ceremonial Swearing-In of Secretary of Defense James Mattis
FNN: President Trump At Pentagon Ceremonial Swearing-In of Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: FOX 10 Phoenix
#140: David Bray, FCC and Corina DuBois, Office of Secretary of Defense: Change Agents in Government
#140: David Bray, FCC and Corina DuBois, Office of Secretary of Defense: Change Agents in Government
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: CXOTALK
WATCH: President Donald Trump Meets With Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis At The Pentagon
WATCH: President Donald Trump Meets With Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis At The Pentagon
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: FOX 10 Phoenix
DONALD H. RUMSFELD SWORN-IN AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
DONALD H. RUMSFELD SWORN-IN AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: The National Archives Collection
24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Farewell
24th Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Farewell
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: Department of Defense
The Life and Times of Robert McNamara: Biography, Secretary of Defense, Vietnam War (1993)
The Life and Times of Robert McNamara: Biography, Secretary of Defense, Vietnam War (1993)
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: The Film Archives
Swearing-in of the Sec. of Defense, General Mattis
Swearing-in of the Sec. of Defense, General Mattis
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: The White House
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DOD's Comptroller Recognizes NPS DRMI Director With Prestigious Award
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Naval Postgraduate School
The Secretary of Defense
The Secretary of Defense
Published: 2015/09/27
Channel: Harambee
WATCH: Defense Secretary James Mad Dog Mattis testifies to the House Armed Services Committee.
WATCH: Defense Secretary James Mad Dog Mattis testifies to the House Armed Services Committee.
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Golden State Times
U.S. defense secretary Mattis emphasizes alliance
U.S. defense secretary Mattis emphasizes alliance
Published: 2017/01/24
Channel: ARIRANG NEWS
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's first meeting with DOD personnel
Published: 2013/02/27
Channel: Stars and Stripes
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US Secretary of Defense Melvin R Laird seated at a desk in the office at the Pent...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/05/28
Channel: CriticalPast
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to visit Seoul next Thursday
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to visit Seoul next Thursday
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: ARIRANG NEWS
President Obama Delivers a Farewell Tribute to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
President Obama Delivers a Farewell Tribute to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Published: 2015/01/29
Channel: The Obama White House
The President Meets with Secretary of Defense Carter
The President Meets with Secretary of Defense Carter
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: The Obama White House
UCM Distinguished Alumni 2016 - MG (Ret.) Rick Mustion
UCM Distinguished Alumni 2016 - MG (Ret.) Rick Mustion
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: University of Central Missouri
Full Interview: Defense Secretary James Mattis, May 28
Full Interview: Defense Secretary James Mattis, May 28
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: Face The Nation
Patrick Rhatigan Has Served As A Military Assistant To The Assistant Secretary of Defense
Patrick Rhatigan Has Served As A Military Assistant To The Assistant Secretary of Defense
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Patrick Rhatigan
Barzani meets US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
Barzani meets US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
Published: 2015/12/17
Channel: VideoNews
Video: Defense in an Age of Austerity: Keynote Speaker, Secretary William S. Cohen
Video: Defense in an Age of Austerity: Keynote Speaker, Secretary William S. Cohen
Published: 2011/09/30
Channel: Center for Strategic & International Studies
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Press Briefing
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Press Briefing
Published: 2015/08/24
Channel: Department of Defense
Inside the Department of Defense: Jan. 25, 2013
Inside the Department of Defense: Jan. 25, 2013
Published: 2013/01/27
Channel: US Military Videos By OpsLens
Birthday Greetings from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
Birthday Greetings from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: AFRCPA
Secretary of Defense Departs for Midway Conference, 06/06/1969
Secretary of Defense Departs for Midway Conference, 06/06/1969
Published: 2014/04/24
Channel: US National Archives
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USA: 'Mad Dog' Mattis sworn in as US defence secretary
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Ruptly TV
Raw: Ash Carter Sworn in As Defense Secretary
Raw: Ash Carter Sworn in As Defense Secretary
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: Associated Press
Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel on Human Rights and National Security
Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel on Human Rights and National Security
Published: 2013/01/09
Channel: Human Rights First
United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Address at Duke University
United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Address at Duke University
Published: 2010/10/04
Channel: Duke University
U.S. Defense Secretary & Secretary of State to visit Korea next month: Yonhap
U.S. Defense Secretary & Secretary of State to visit Korea next month: Yonhap
Published: 2015/03/12
Channel: ARIRANG NEWS
The Secretary of Defense visits MCAS Miramar
The Secretary of Defense visits MCAS Miramar
Published: 2015/01/14
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Murkowski on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Murkowski on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Visit to Ft. Wainwright
Published: 2015/10/30
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Don Loren, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense - Vets 4 Energy
Don Loren, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense - Vets 4 Energy
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Spotlight Productions
Mickey Kaus as Secretary of  Education  in Idiocracy
Mickey Kaus as Secretary of Education in Idiocracy
Published: 2007/12/07
Channel: sekeith2001
Expo 2016: Policy Forum Panel 4 - Defense
Expo 2016: Policy Forum Panel 4 - Defense
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: eesionline
OASD: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MEDIA ROUNDTABLE WITH SECRETARY
OASD: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MEDIA ROUNDTABLE WITH SECRETARY
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: Images of Freedom
Defense in an Age of Austerity Keynote Speaker, Secretary William S  Cohen
Defense in an Age of Austerity Keynote Speaker, Secretary William S Cohen
Published: 2014/07/31
Channel: Center for Strategic & International Studies
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Office of the Secretary of Defense
OSD
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Agency overview
Formed 1947
Jurisdiction General management and oversight of the Department of Defense components
Headquarters Pentagon
Parent agency Department of Defense
Website www.defense.gov/osd

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is a headquarters-level staff of the Department of Defense of the United States of America. It is the principal civilian staff element of the Secretary of Defense, and it assists the Secretary in carrying out authority, direction and control of the Department of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities. OSD (along with the Joint Staff) is the Secretary of Defense’s support staff for managing the Department of Defense, and it corresponds to what the Executive Office of the President of the United States is to the President for managing the whole of the Executive branch of the federal government.

OSD includes the Immediate offices of the Secretary (SECDEF) and the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF), as well as five Under Secretaries of Defense in the fields of Acquisition, Technology & Logistics; Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer; Intelligence; Personnel & Readiness; and Policy. All of these positions are Presidential appointments which require U.S. Senate confirmation.

Other positions include the Assistant Secretaries of Defense, Assistants to the Secretary of Defense, General Counsel, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Director of Administration and Management, and such other staff offices as the Secretary establishes to assist in carrying out their assigned responsibilities.

Composition of OSD[edit]

2008 Office of the Secretary of Defense Structure.

The Secretary and Deputy Secretary manage several Under Secretaries each of whom in turn manage several Assistant Secretaries of Defense. There are also several special officers reporting directly to Secretary of Defense.

Major elements of OSD (listed hierarchically):

Former elements[edit]

Major reorganizations[edit]

The composition of OSD is in a state of consistent flux, as Congress and DoD routinely create new offices, redesignate existing ones, and abolish others.

Obama Administration changes[edit]

During the Obama administration, Congress has sought to clarify the organization of OSD, and has worked with the Department to move toward a standardization of official naming conventions. Many Defense officials, including the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF), all five Under Secretaries of Defense (USDs), and all Assistant Secretaries of Defense (ASDs), as well as any officials specifically designated in U.S. Code[1] have historically been considered Presidentially-Appointed, Senate-Confirmed (PAS) officials, in that the Senate must provide "advice and consent" for each individual before he or she can operate in an official capacity. In a March 2009 letter, Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, wrote that the Department was apparently exercising the authority to appoint other significant officials - termed Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense (DUSDs) - "without statutory authorization, without limitation, and without Senate confirmation." Levin was "concerned that the proliferation of DUSDs at multiple levels of the organization could muddy lines of authority and may not be in the best interest of the Department of Defense."[2] Subsequent legislation established five Senate-confirmed Principal Deputies (i.e., "first assistants"), one for each Under Secretary of Defense.

The FY10 NDAA gave the Department of Defense until January 1, 2011, to eliminate or redesignate all other Deputy Under Secretaries who are not Principal Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense (PDUSDs). The FY11 NDAA extended this deadline to January 1, 2015. During that time, the Secretary may, at his or her discretion, appoint within OSD five additional non-PAS DUSDs beyond the five statutory PAS-PDUSDs. The USD(I) appears to be maintaining at least three non-PAS DUSDs, although they have been renamed. The USD (AT&L) has maintained the non-PAS DUSD for Installations and Environment, though the FY11 NDAA recommended merging this post with the newly created ASD for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. The USD(P) has maintained a non-PAS DUSD for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, though the FY11 NDAA recommended eliminating this position.

Nevertheless, a number of positions have been redesignated or eliminated during the Obama administration, pursuant to statutory language contained in the National Defense Authorization Acts of FY10[3] and FY11.[4] and subsequent internal DoD reports.[5]

Obama Administration OSD Redesignations and Eliminations
Previous Office Title New Office Title Reports To Requires Senate Confirmation?
New position ASD for Acquisition USD(AT&L) Yes
DUSD for Industrial Policy DASD for Manufacturing and Industrial Base ASD for Acquisition No
DUSD for Logistics and Material Readiness ASD for Logistics and Material Readiness USD(AT&L) Yes
Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs ASD for Operational Energy Plans and Programs USD(AT&L) Yes
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs ASD for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs USD(AT&L) Yes
Director of Defense Research and Engineering ASD for Research and Engineering (R&E) USD(AT&L) Yes
Director of Developmental Test and Evaluation DASD for Developmental Test and Evaluation ASD(R&E) No
Director of Systems Engineering DASD for Systems Engineering ASD(R&E) No
New position ASD for Readiness and Force Management (R&FM) USD(P&R) Yes
DUSD for Civilian Personnel Policy DASD for Civilian Personnel Policy ASD for Readiness and Force Management (R&FM) No
DUSD for Military Community and Family Policy DASD for Military Community and Family Policy ASD for Readiness and Force Management (R&FM) No
DUSD for Military Personnel Policy DASD for Military Personnel Policy ASD for Readiness and Force Management (R&FM) No
DUSD for Readiness DASD for Readiness ASD for Readiness and Force Management (R&FM) No
DUSD for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy DASD for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy ASD for Readiness and Force Management (R&FM) No
DUSD for Joint & Coalition Warfighter Support DDI for Warfighter Support & Operations Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence No
DUSD for Technical Collection & Analysis and HUMINT, Counterintel & Security DDI for Intelligence & Security Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence No
DUSD for Portfolio Programs & Resources DDI for Military Intelligence Program & Planning Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence No
DUSD for Science and Technology Eliminated - n/a
DUSD for Advanced Systems and Concepts Eliminated - n/a
  • Director for Defense Intelligence = DDI, DUSD = Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, ASD = Assistant Secretary of Defense, DASD = Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Title X, Subtitle A, Part 1, Chapter 4, https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/usc_sup_01_10_10_A_20_I_30_4.html
  2. ^ ODAM (April 2010). "Revised Organizational Structure for the Office of the Secretary of Defense" (PDF). Report to Congress. Department of Defense. pp. 33–34. 
  3. ^ 111th Congress (October 28, 2009). "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010" (PDF). Government Printing Office. H.R. 2647 
  4. ^ Title IX, Subtitle A, Section 901, Part b, Section 4, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr6523enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr6523enr.pdf
  5. ^ ODAM (April 2010). "Revised Organizational Structure for the Office of the Secretary of Defense" (PDF). Report to Congress. Department of Defense. 

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