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

ASD(SO/LIC) oversees and advocates for Special Operations and Irregular Warfare throughout the Department of Defense to ensure these capabilities are resourced, ready, and properly employed in accordance with the National Defense Strategy.  In this role, the ASD:

  • Exercises authority, direction, and control of all special operations peculiar issues relating to the organization, training, and equipping of special operations forces
  • Is the Principal Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Official within the senior management of DoD
  • Sits in the chain-of-command above USSOCOM for special operations-peculiar administrative matters; provides civilian oversight of the SOF enterprise.
  • Advises, Assists, and Supports the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on Special Operations and Irregular Warfare policy matters.
You can read more about the organizational role of ASD(SO/LIC) here:  https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Advisories/Advisory/Article/2447997/media-advisory-on-designation-of-acting-assistant-secretary-of-defense-for-spec/

Leadership

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
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HON Christopher Maier
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
Vacant
Katrina Mulligan
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