Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy

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The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, or ASD(FMP) was a high-ranking position in the Defense Department responsible for the policies, plans and programs for military and civilian personnel management, including recruitment, education, career development, equal opportunity, compensation, recognition, discipline and separation of all Department of Defense personnel. The ASD(FMP) reported directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, or USD(P&R). The ASD(FMP) was replaced in 2002 by a new Deputy Under Secretary position, which is today known as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.[1][2]

History[edit]

An Assistant Secretary of Defense was first assigned oversight of DoD manpower, personnel and reserve affairs in 1950. Defense Directive 5124.1, signed 20 April 1977, also delegated oversight of logistics to this position. Following the FY 1984 Defense Authorization Act, the reserve affairs functions were transferred to the new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Meanwhile, installations and logistics functions transferred to a new Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Logistics) in July 1985.

From the mid-80s to mid-90s, the position was responsible for military and civilian manpower training, family matters, and review of manpower requirements, both military and civilian, and also exercised direction of equal opportunity matters. After the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (P.L. 103-160) established the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, this position was redesignated the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy, and served as a staff assistant to the USD(P&R). The position was abolished in November 2002 when the new Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness took office. The portfolio of the former ASD(FMP) is today distributed across a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (previously known as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense) and five Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense (previously known as Deputy Under Secretaries of Defense).[1]

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.

Assistant Secretaries of Defense (Force Management Policy)[1]
Name Tenure SecDef(s) Served Under President(s) Served Under
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Personnel)
Anna M. Rosenberg November 15, 1950 - January 20, 1953 George C. Marshall
Robert A. Lovett
Harry Truman
John A. Hannah February 11, 1953 - July 31, 1954 Charles E. Wilson Dwight Eisenhower
Carter L. Burgess September 24, 1954 - January 22, 1957 Charles E. Wilson Dwight Eisenhower
William H. Francis April 19, 1957 - May 24, 1958 Charles E. Wilson
Neil H. McElroy
Dwight Eisenhower
Charles O. Finucane July 15, 1958 - January 19, 1961 Neil H. McElroy
Thomas S. Gates
Dwight Eisenhower
Carlisle P. Runge February 17, 1961 - July 30, 1962 Robert S. McNamara John F. Kennedy
Norman S. Paul August 8, 1962 - September 30, 1965 Robert S. McNamara John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
Thomas D. Morris October 1, 1965 - August 31, 1967 Robert S. McNamara Lyndon Johnson
Alfred B. Fitt October 9, 1967 - February 20, 1969 Robert S. McNamara
Clark M. Clifford
Melvin R. Laird
Lyndon Johnson
Richard Nixon
Roger T. Kelley March 3, 1969 - June 1, 1973 Melvin R. Laird
Elliot L. Richardson
Richard Nixon
Carl W. Clewlow (Acting) June 1, 1973 - September 1, 1973 Elliot L. Richardson
James R. Schlesinger
Richard Nixon
William K. Brehm September 1, 1973 - March 18, 1976 James R. Schlesinger
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
David P. Taylor July 7, 1976 - February 12, 1977 Donald H. Rumsfeld
Harold Brown
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics)
John P. White May 11, 1977 - October 31, 1978 Harold Brown Jimmy Carter
Robert B. Pirie, Jr. June 17, 1979 - January 20, 1981 Harold Brown Jimmy Carter
Lawrence J. Korb May 4, 1981 - January 12, 1984 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Installations, and Logistics)
Lawrence J. Korb January 12, 1984 - July 5, 1985 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management and Personnel)
Lawrence J. Korb July 5, 1985 - August 31, 1985 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Chapman B. Cox December 7, 1985 - July 8, 1987 Caspar W. Weinberger Ronald Reagan
Grant S. Green, Jr. February 3, 1988 - March 5, 1989 Frank C. Carlucci III
William H. Taft IV (Acting)
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Christopher Jehn November 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993 Richard B. Cheney George H. W. Bush
Edwin Dorn July 2, 1993 - March 16, 1994 Leslie Aspin, Jr.
William J. Perry
Bill Clinton
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy)
Frederick F. Y. Pang October 11, 1994 - November 15, 1997 William J. Perry
William S. Cohen
Bill Clinton
Francis M. Rush, Jr. (Acting) November 15, 1997 - November 12, 1999 William S. Cohen Bill Clinton
Alphonso Maldon, Jr. November 12, 1999 - January 19, 2001 William S. Cohen Bill Clinton
Charles S. Abell May 8, 2001 - November 14, 2002 Donald H. Rumsfeld George W. Bush

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Department of Defense Key Officials" (PDF). Historical Office, OSD. 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ "News Release: Assistant Secretary For Force Management Policy Sworn In". Defense.gov. Retrieved 2011-09-17.