John Rood

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John Rood
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12th Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
In office
January 9, 2018 – February 28, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byChristine Wormuth
Succeeded byJames Anderson (acting)
Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
In office
September 28, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRobert Joseph
Succeeded byEllen Tauscher
Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation
In office
October 2, 2006 – September 27, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byFrancis Record
Succeeded byPatricia McNerney
Personal details
John Charles Rood

1968 (age 52–53)
Political partyRepublican
EducationArizona State University, Tempe (BS)

John Charles Rood (born 1968) is an American national security adviser and former government official who served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from January 2018 to February 2020. Before that, he was Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin where he oversaw international business. He also served as Vice President for Domestic Business Development at Lockheed Martin and he was a Vice President at the Raytheon Company.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rood was born in 1968. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University.[2]


Rood also served as Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from September 2007 to January 2009, and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation from October 2006 to September 2007. He served at the United States National Security Council as special assistant to the president and senior director of Counterproliferation and Director of Proliferation Strategy for Counterproliferation in Homeland Defense. Rood served at the Defense Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy, and at the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst following missile programs in foreign countries. In addition, he served as senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona.[3][4][5]

On October 16, 2017, Rood was nominated by President Donald Trump to become the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.[6] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 3, 2018. In January of 2018, Secretary James N. Mattis released the National Defense Strategy (NDS) which placed the order of priorities for the Department of Defense as China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and then Countering Terrorism. As the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Rood was responsible for the implementation of the NDS worldwide.[7][8] On February 19, 2020, Rood was asked to leave the administration by President Trump and offered his resignation effective February 28, 2020.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "John C. Rood > U.S. Department of Defense > Biography View".
  2. ^ "John C. Rood > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Biography". Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Key Personnel to his Administration" (Press release). The White House. October 11, 2017. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Rogin, Josh (June 9, 2017). "Pentagon to get a new policy chief". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Gertz, Bill (May 24, 2017). "John Rood leads candidates for Pentagon policy chief". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Trump picks Lockheed executive Rood for top Pentagon policy post". Reuters. October 11, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Karlin, Mara (January 21, 2018). "How to read the 2018 National Defense Strategy". Brookings Institution.
  8. ^ "FY 2020 Budget Request Linked to National Defense Strategy". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
  9. ^ Sciutto, Jim; Starr, Barbara (February 19, 2020). "Top Pentagon policy official expected to depart administration". CNN. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Allassan, Fadel (February 19, 2020). "Pentagon policy chief resigns amid reported discord with Trump". Axios.
Government offices
Preceded by
Robert Joseph
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Succeeded by
Ellen Tauscher