Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation

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The Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) is a principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The postholder, as chartered under United States Department of Defense Directive 5141.1 in 1996, provides independent analytic advice to the Secretary of Defense on all aspects of the Department of Defense (DoD) program, including alternative weapon systems and force structures, the development and evaluation of defense program alternatives, and the cost-effectiveness of defense systems. The office also conducts analyses and offers advice in a number of related areas, such as military medical care, school systems for military dependents, information technology, and defense economics. Consistent with its advisory role, the office has no decision authority or line responsibilities.[1]

The Director of CAPE reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense. As a political appointee, the Director of CAPE is an Executive Service Level IV official who is nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. He or she coordinates and exchanges information with other Office of the Secretary of Defense officials, the Heads of the DoD Components, and Federal officials having collateral or related functions.

CAPE's staff of approximately 155 people includes a combination of government civilians and military officers and is augmented by contractor support. The military officers serve in two- to three-year rotational assignments with the organization. CAPE's civilian staff is drawn from a variety of academic disciplines, including physics, economics, engineering, mathematics, biology, and computer science. The CAPE staff is recognized as among the most capable in the Pentagon.

This office was most previously known as the Office of Program Analysis & Evaluation (PA&E). However, PA&E was made defunct by the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009.

Office Holders[edit]

The table below includes both the various titles of this post over time, as well as all the holders of those offices.

Directors of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation[2]
Name Tenure SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis)
Alain C. Enthoven September 10, 1965 - January 20, 1969 Robert S. McNamara
Clark M. Clifford
Lyndon Johnson
Ivan Selin (Acting) January 31, 1969 - January 30, 1970 Melvin R. Laird Richard Nixon
Gardiner L. Tucker January 30, 1970 - March 30, 1973 Melvin R. Laird
Elliot L. Richardson
Richard Nixon
Director (Defense Program Analysis and Evaluation)
Leonard Sullivan May 21, 1973 - February 11, 1974 Elliot L. Richardson
James R. Schlesinger
Richard Nixon
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Analysis and Evaluation)
Leonard Sullivan February 11, 1974 - March 13, 1976 James R. Schlesinger
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Director for Planning and Evaluation
Edward C. Aldridge, Jr. May 18, 1976 - March 11, 1977 Donald H. Rumsfeld
Harold Brown
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Analysis and Evaluation)
Russell Murray II April 28, 1977 - January 20, 1981 Harold Brown Jimmy Carter
Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation
David S. C. Chu May 19, 1981 - July 13, 1988 Caspar W. Weinberger
Frank C. Carlucci III
Ronald Reagan
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Analysis and Evaluation)
David S. C. Chu July 13, 1988 - January 20, 1993 Frank C. Carlucci III
William H. Taft IV (Acting)
Richard B. Cheney
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation
William J. Lynn June 25, 1993 - November 19, 1997 Leslie Aspin, Jr.
William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
Bill Clinton
Robert R. Soule July 1, 1998 - April 27, 2001 William S. Cohen
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Barry D. Watts May 1, 2001 - July 1, 2002 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Stephen A. Cambone July 1, 2002 - March 7, 2003 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Kenneth J. Krieg July 23, 2003 - June 2005 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush
Bradley M. Berkson June 6, 2005[3] - April 3, 2009 Donald H. Rumsfeld
Robert M. Gates
George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Director of Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation
Christine H. Fox October 28, 2009 - Robert M. Gates
Leon Panetta
Barack Obama
Jamie M. Morin June 30, 2014 - Chuck Hagel Barack Obama

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