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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

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

Randall Schriver is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Mr. Schriver was appointed as Assistant Secretary of Defense by President Donald Trump on 8 January 2018.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia

Vacant

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia

Dr. Joe Felter is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia. Dr. Felter 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. He is responsible for managing the bilateral security relationships with nations of the region and guiding DoD engagement with multilateral institutions..

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

Colin F. Jackson was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia on August 28, 2017.  In this capacity, Dr. Jackson oversees all U.S. defense policy throughout the region, advancing U.S. national security interests through defense strategy development, security cooperation, contingency planning, and program oversight.

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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