Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

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The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, or ASD (APSA) is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) and the Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy on issues of DoD interest that relate to the governments and defense establishments of the nations and international organizations within the Asia-Pacific region. Like the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, the ASD (APSA) is responsible for oversight of security cooperation programs and foreign military sales programs within the regions under its supervision.[1] The ASD (APSA) also works closely with the United States Pacific Command, United States Central Command, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Finally, the ASD (APSA) represents the USD(P) and the Secretary of Defense in interagency policy deliberations and international negotiations related to the Asia-Pacific region. Like all Assistant Secretaries of Defense, the ASD (APSA) is considered part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Office Holders[edit]

Assistant Secretaries of Defense (Asian and Pacific Security Affairs)[2]
Name Tenure SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
James J. Shinn December 19, 2007 - November 14, 2008 [3] Robert M. Gates George W. Bush
Mitchell Shivers (Acting)[4] November 14, 2008 - 2009 Robert M. Gates George W. Bush
Lieutenant General Wallace "Chip" Gregson (Ret.) May 13, 2009 -[5] - April 2011 Robert M. Gates Barack Obama
Acting April 2011 - April 2012 Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Barack Obama
Mark Lippert April 2012 - May 2013 Leon Panetta
Chuck Hagel
Barack Obama

Structure[edit]

This office was created in 2007. It is composed of at least six country/sub-regional desks, each manned by a Senior Country Director. Most desks are also supported by an Assistant Country Director or group of Country Directors. As of February 2011, the desks listed on the APSA website included:

  • Australia, New Zealand,and South Pacific Islands
  • Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
  • China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Taiwan
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, East Timor

However, this list must be incomplete, since the office also has oversight of programs in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as India and other Asian nations.[6]

Depending on their areas of coverage, the country/sub-regional desks report to three different Deputy Assistant Secretaries:

  • DASD East Asia
  • DASD South & Southeast Asia
  • DASD Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.

DASDs are appointed by the Secretary of Defense. Some are appointed from civilian life, while others are career defense officials. Once at the DASD level, the latter are considered a part of the DoD Senior Executive Service.

The ASD (APSA) is also supported by a Principal Deputy, or PDASD, who helps oversee the three DASDs and the office's country/sub-regional desks.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs[edit]

Name Tenure ASD (APSA) Served Under USD(P) Served Under SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Mitchell Shivers June 2008[7] - January 2009 James J. Shinn Eric S. Edelman Robert M. Gates George W. Bush
Derek J. Mitchell April 2009 - August 2011 Wallace "Chip" Gregson Michèle Flournoy Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Barack Obama
Dr. Peter R. Lavoy August 2011 - Mark Lippert Michèle Flournoy
James N. Miller
Leon Panetta Barack Obama

Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense Reporting to the ASD (APSA)[edit]

The list below details both the current DASD and previous DASD posts in this office.

Name Tenure ASD (APSA) Served Under USD(P) Served Under SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Active Offices
DASD (APSA), East Asia
David Samuel Sedney[8] 2007 - 2009 James J. Shinn Eric S. Edelman Robert M. Gates George W. Bush
Rolfe M. Schiffer[9] May 6, 2009 - Wallace "Chip" Gregson Michele Flournoy Robert M. Gates Barack Obama
DASD (APSA), South and Southeast Asia
James Clad[10][11] March 2007 - January 2009 James J. Shinn Eric S. Edelman Robert M. Gates George W. Bush
Robert Scher[9] May 6, 2009 - Wallace "Chip" Gregson Michele Flournoy Robert M. Gates Barack Obama
DASD (APSA), Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia
David Samuel Sedney 2009 - Wallace "Chip" Gregson Michele Flournoy Robert M. Gates Barack Obama
Defunct Offices
DASD (APSA), Central Asia
Mitchell Shivers 2007[12] - June 2008 James J. Shinn Eric S. Edelman Robert M. Gates George W. Bush

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy". Policy.defense.gov. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Department of Defense Key Officials". Historical Office, OSD. 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Back from Afghanistan". The Daily Princetonian. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Monmouth University: Current News". Monmouth.edu. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Biography: Wallace “Chip” Gregson". Defense.gov. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  6. ^ John T. Bennett, "DoD Shakes Up Policy Shop," Defense News, 13 July 2009, http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4183028
  7. ^ "Us To Triple Aid To Pakistan To 1.5 Billion Per Year - Pakistani Defence Forum". Forum.pakistanidefence.com. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Biography: David S. Sedney". Defense.gov. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  9. ^ a b "Senior Executive Service Appointments/Assignments". DoD, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. May 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  10. ^ James Clad Linkedin Profile, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/james-clad/6/99a/a5b
  11. ^ "DoD Senior Leadership". Air Force Magazine. March 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  12. ^ "Congressional Record - 110th Congress (2007-2008) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 

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