Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs

Mission: ASD(IPSA) 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 (IPSA) are:

  • Afghanistan/Pakistan/Central Asia (APC): Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • China (CHN): China.
  • East Asia (EAS): Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Island nations, 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, and Vietnam.