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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy

Cyber capabilities provide unique national security and economic advantages that cannot be replaced through operations in other domains. As such, cyber capabilities have become integrated into our daily lives and have become vital to U.S. national security and support the architecture of the modern international system and enable a vibrant global economy. At the same time, the potential adversaries continue to seek means to counter the advantages obtained from space and cyber capabilities and to use these same capabilities for purposes hostile to U.S. interests.

 Establishes and oversees the implementation of DoD cyberspace policy and strategy. Integrates national cyberspace policy and guidance with DoD cyberspace policy. Provides guidance and oversight on DoD cyberspace activities as they relate to foreign cyberspace threats, international cooperation, engagement with foreign partners and international organizations, and implementation of DoD cyberspace strategy and plans, including those related to cyberspace forces, capabilities, and their employment.


2015 Cyber Strategy
  • Office of Primary Responsibility within OSD for policy matters related to activities in cyber or involving cyber systems
  • Ensure cyber -related activities are integrated into national and DoD strategies
  • Develop, coordinate and oversee implementation of U.S. Government and DoD policy and strategy for military and intelligence cyber operations activities.
  •  Formulates specific DoD policies and guidance on:
    • Cyber forces, systems and their employment
    • International agreements and legal regimes, including arms control matters
    • Integration of cyber capabilities into operations and contingency plans
    • International, U.S. Government, and DoD cyber operations cooperation
  • Review and evaluate cyber related programs, plans, and system requirements
  • Participate in planning and budgeting activities for space and cyber systems
  • Represent OSD at interagency deliberations and international negotiations
  • Interface with other U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, Congress, the public, and foreign governments on cyber policy matters



Burke Wilson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy 

Mr. B. Edwin Wilson was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy on 20 February 2018. In this capacity, he supports the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve DoD's ability to operate in cyberspace. Read Full Bio


Kate Charlet (Principal Director for Cyber Policy)

Kate Charlet is the Principal Director for Cyber Policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She oversees the development of cyber policy and strategy; cyber plans and operations; expansion of cyber defense international relationships; development of U.S.Cyber Command and cyber forces; and support to interagency cybersecurity efforts.

She previously served as the Chief of Staff and Director for Cyber Plans, Operations, and Programs within the same office. From 2010-2012, Kate was team lead in OSD-Policy for Afghanistan Strategy and Policy. From 2009-2010, she served as Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council, where she focused on development of the 2010 National Security Strategy.

Kate came into government as an OSD Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). She was a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2003-2005, where she focused on biosecurity. She holds a Bachelors degree from Princeton University in Molecular Biology and an MA in International Relations/Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Kate is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Contact Information

2600 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-2900