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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) is the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on special operations and low-intensity conflict matters. The ASD (SO/LIC) has as his principal duty overall supervision (to include oversight of policy and resources) of special operations and low-intensity conflict activities. These core tasks, according to USSOCOM's 2007 Posture Statement, include counterterrorism; unconventional warfare; direct action; special reconnaissance; foreign internal defense; civil affairs, information and psychological operations; and counterproliferation of WMD. Section 167 of Title 10 USC provides a very similar but not identical list of SOF activities.

In addition to policy oversight for special operations and stability operations capabilities, the ASD (SO/LIC) has policy oversight for strategic capabilities and force transformation and resources. As such, ASD (SO/LIC), after the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, will be the principal official charged with oversight over all warfighting capabilities within the senior management of the Department of Defense.

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Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC)

Mr. Christopher Miller is Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for SO/LIC and is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism (SOCT). DASD Miller is responsible for overseeing the employment of special operations forces in counterterrorism, Military Information Support Operations (MISO), Information Operations, unconventional warfare, irregular warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, counter proliferation, sensitive special operations, and personnel recovery/hostage issues as specified by the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Miller was sworn in as the DASD for SOCT on 6 January 2020.

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict

Ezra Cohen is the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for SO/LIC. Photo and biography forthcoming.

 

 

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