Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

Mission Statement:  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 nations and international organizations of the Asia-Pacific, its governments and defense establishments, and for oversight of security cooperation programs, including Foreign Military Sales, in the region.  


The regions and countries of focus for the ASD (APSA) are:

  • Afghanistan/Pakistan/Central Asia (APC):  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

  • East Asia (EAS):  China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea.

  • South and Southeast Asia (SSEA):  India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Diego Garcia (in conjunction with ASD(ISA)), Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Island nations.


Leadership

Performing Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense

David Helvey is performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, with responsibility for defense and security policy in the Asia and Pacific region.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia

Ms. Cara Abercrombie is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Ms. Abercrombie serves as the principal advisor to senior Department leadership for all policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region. She is responsible for managing the bilateral security relationships with nations of this region and guiding DoD engagement with regional multilateral institutions.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia

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Contact Information
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Asian and Pacific Security Affairs
2700 Defense Pentagon, Room 5D688
Washington, DC 20301-2700
(703) 695-4175