The Defense Department today announced the establishment of three new assistant secretary of defense positions, along with eight deputy assistant secretaries of defense.
The three ASD positions are intended to replace the DOD deputy chief technology officer. All of the new roles, along with the eight DASDS, will be housed under the office of the under secretary for research and engineering.
“The establishment of these roles within research & engineering better positions our team to execute upon our mission of preserving our nation’s technological edge, now and into the future,” Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering Heidi Shyu said in a statement. “We thank our partners in Congress and across the DOD for getting us to this point.”
The three new ASDs include:
- The assistant secretary of defense for science and technology, which will be performed by Steven Wax until an individual is appointed to the position and confirmed by the Senate. Wax will also remain the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for science and technology.
- The assistant secretary of defense for mission capabilities, which will be performed by Thomas Browning until an individual is confirmed.
- The assistant secretary of defense for critical technologies, which will be performed by Maynard Holliday until an individual can be confirmed.
The eight DASD positions being established include:
- DASD science and technology foundations, to be filled by Jagadeesh Pamulapati
- DASD Science and technology futures, to be filled by Kevin Geiss
- DASD science and technology Program Protection, to be filled by Robert Irie
- DASD applied technology, to be filled by Michael Holthe (acting)
- DASD enabling technology, to be filled by Michael Holthe
- DASD multi-domain joint operations, to be filled by Paul Zablocky
- DASD prototypes and experiments, to be filled by Alex Lovett
- DASD mission Integration, to be filled by Elmer Roman