DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
Ronald S. Moultrie
UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
FOR INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY
since June 1, 2021
secretary of defense for intelligence & security or USD(I&S)
is a high-ranking civilian position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
(OSD) within the U.S. Department of Defense
that acts as the principal civilian advisor and deputy to the secretary of defense and deputy secretary of defense on matters relating to military intelligense & security.
The under secretary is appointed as a civilian by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve at the pleasure of the
In 2019, Congress
renamed the office to Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and
Security or USD(I&S) as part of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
As the secretary of defense's representative,
the USD(I) exercises oversight over, among others, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the National Security Agenc (NSA), and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). In addition, the
Under Secretary is also dual-hatted, serving as the Director of Defense
Intelligence (DDI) under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI);
in this capacity, the Under Secretary is principal defense intelligence &
security advisor to the DNI.
With the rank of Under Secretary, the USD(I&S) is a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) Level III position within the Executive Schedule. [**information taken from Wikipedia].
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