US/Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

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The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy is the chief staff assistant to the Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy. Originally established as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) in 1992, the post was re-designated Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), or PDUSD(P) in December 1999. The position provides advice and assistance to the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and USD(P) on national security policy, military strategy, and defense policy.

This is a job normally held by people with ties to the deeper part of the military-industrial complex.

Principal Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy
Name Tenure USD(P) served under SecDef(s) served under President(s) served under
I. Lewis Libby 12 August 1992 – 10 January 1993 Paul Wolfowitz Dick Cheney George H.W. Bush
Walter B. Slocombe 1 June 1993 – 14 September 1994 Frank G. Wisner Les Aspin
William J. Perry
Bill Clinton
Jan M. Lodal 3 October 1994 – 30 September 1998 Walter B. Slocombe William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
James M. Bodner 1 October 1998 – 19 January 2001 William S. Cohen
Stephen A. Cambone 25 July 2001 – 1 July 2002 Douglas Feith Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Christopher "Ryan" Henry 7 February 2003 – August 2008[1] Douglas Feith
Eric S. Edelman
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Robert M. Gates
James N. Miller 2 April 2009 – 18 February 2012 Michele Flournoy Robert M. Gates Barack Obama
Elissa Slotkin 2 April 2009 – 18 February 2012 Michael D. Lumpkin
Christine Wormuth
Chuck Hagel
Kathleen H. Hicks 25 May 2012 – July 2013 James N. Miller Chuck Hagel
Brian P. McKeon 28 July 2014 – 10 June 2016 Christine E. Wormuth Ash Carter
David B. Shear 14 July 2015 – 19 January 2017 Brian P. Mckeon
David Trachtenberg 18 October 2017 – 22 July 2019 John Rood James Mattis
Mark Esper
Donald Trump
James Anderson March 2020 – July 2020 vacant Mark Esper
Anthony Tata July 2020 – November 2020 James Anderson Mark Esper
Thomas M. Williams November 2020 – January 2021 Anthony Tata Christopher C. Miller
Jennifer C. Walsh (performing the duties of) 20 January 2021 – present Amanda J. Dory (performing the duties of) Lloyd Austin Joe Biden


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Brian P. McKeon28 July 201410 June 2016
Kathleen Hicks24 May 20122 July 2013
Jan Lodal3 October 199430 September 1998