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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development is the principal civilian advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Forces (DUSD SPF) in providing long-term anticipatory and strategic perspective on security issues and drives changes to policies, strategies, processes, and capabilities to advance the nation's interest.

Mission

  • Advice to DUSD SPF on strategy development, strategic trends analysis and Defense Planning Scenario
  • Work with other regional offices in the preparation of strategies related  to key countries and ensures that Department leadership understand the implications of various external trends such as technological, demographic, and climate change on the strategic environment
  • Serve as the DoD lead for interagency strategic integration
  • Develop Defense planning scenarios and planning assumptions for a range of near-, mid-, and long term conflicts and crises
  • Engage in Bilateral Defense Consultation with foreign strategy and Policy planning counterpart

Leadership

Elbridge Colby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development

 Elbridge A. Colby is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, in which capacity he is responsible for a range of defense strategy, force development, and defense analysis issues. In particular, Colby serves as the Policy lead for the development of the Departments premier strategic planning guidance, the National Defense Strategy, as well as the Defense Planning Guidance and the Defense Planning Scenarios. Read More


Contact Information

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development

2000 Defense Pentagon, Room 5E420
Washington DC 20032

(703) 697-4970