Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Brad R. Carson

Ms. Stephanie Barna

Performing the Duties of the PDUSD

The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is delegated full power and authority to act for the USD(P&R) and exercise the powers of the USD(P&R) on any and all matters that the USD(P&R) is authorized to act, except in those areas where delegation of the USD(P&R) authority is otherwise restricted by higher authority or prohibited by law.

The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense(P&R) shall advise and assist the USD(P&R) with all responsibilities in providing staff advice and assistance to the Secretary of Defense, including but not limited to Total Force management; National Guard and Reserve Component affairs; health affairs; readiness and training; military and civilian personnel requirements; language; dependents; education; equal opportunity; morale, welfare, and recreation; and quality-of-life matters.