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The Honorable Ashish S. Vazirani
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Mr. Ashish S. Vazirani was sworn in as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
for Personnel and Readiness on July 18, 2022. In this role, he serves as the primary assistant to the Under
Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in formulating, coordinating, and integrating policy for
force readiness; force management; health affairs; National Guard and Reserve Component affairs; education and
training; and military and civilian personnel requirements and management to include equal opportunity,
morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life matters.
Most recently, Mr. Vazirani served in the Department of the Navy as the
principal advisor on issues pertaining to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and suicide prevention and
response within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Vazirani was Principal of A2O
Strategies, LLC where he provided advisory services to high growth, mid-size, and large enterprises,
commercial and non-profit, on the development, implementation, and execution of growth strategies. Mr.
Vazirani was Executive Director and CEO of the National Military Family Association (NMFA), where he provided
strategic and operational oversight, and direction for all aspects of NMFA’s advocacy and programing to
support military families. During his tenure, NMFA regained its four-star charity rating and expanded
programming, including a child care fee relief program. Before joining NMFA, he led development and
programming at the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) where he ensured implementation and measurement of
standardized programs serving junior enlisted military families. Mr. Vazirani also served as a Member of the
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families.
Prior to his work with the ASYMCA, he spent over two decades as a management consultant working with leading
high tech and pharmaceutical companies to create transformational change while delivering customer-centric
solutions and profitable growth. Mr. Vazirani served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Submarine
Officer from 1986 to 1993.
Mr. Vazirani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Vanderbilt University, a Master of Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern
University, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of
the Board of Advisors of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. His family immigrated to the United
States when he was 3 years old. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland where he and his wife of 26 years,
Deborah, currently reside. They have an adult son and daughter. Mr. Vazirani is the son of a combat wounded,
Vietnam-era Marine and the father of a currently serving Marine.