Mr. Brad R. Carson serves as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and currently Performs the Duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
In this capacity, he is the senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for 1.4 million active duty military personnel, 1.1 million Guard and Reserve personnel, 748,000 DoD civilians, and is responsible for overseeing the overall state of military readiness.
He previously served as the 31st Under Secretary of the United States Army and Chief Management Officer of the Army where he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army on all matters related to personnel, readiness, training and equipping, acquisition and financial management. In his capacity as Chief Management Officer, Mr. Carson had oversight of all elements of U.S. Army business transformation and strategic planning. Prior to his appointment as Under Secretary, Under Secretary Carson was the 20th General Counsel of the Department of the Army from January 2012 – March 2014. In that capacity, he was the primary legal advisor to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief Legal Officer for the United States Army.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Mr. Carson held a variety of public and private positions. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Carson was selected as a White House Fellow and served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. After practicing commercial law at Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C., the largest law firm in the state of Oklahoma, Mr. Carson entered politics. In 2000, Mr. Carson was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He served in the U.S. Congress from 2001-2005, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma. Upon leaving office, Mr. Carson was appointed as a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and he later served as Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses, one of the largest businesses in the state of Oklahoma.
From December 2008 until December 2009, Mr. Carson served on active military duty, deploying to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. As a United States Navy intelligence officer, Mr. Carson embedded with the United States Army’s 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. He worked with Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams at seven bases investigating bomb sites, caches, smuggling routes and other activities related to improvised explosive devices.
From January 2009 until January 2012, Mr. Carson served as a professor of business law at the University of Tulsa, where he held joint appointments in the College of Law and College of Business and served as Director of the National Energy Policy Institute.
Mr. Carson holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University, Phi Beta Kappa. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Carson also holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Carson currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and son. A native of Jenks, Oklahoma, Mr. Carson is an enrolled tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.