Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness

Ms. Daigle is the principal staff advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on the readiness of the Armed Services. She oversees the policies and programs that ensure the Total Force; Active, National Guard and Reserve, of the United States are ready for the missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense. To that end, she oversees the Readiness Recovery Framework, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) key management tool to facilitate the Military Services’ readiness recovery and predictive future readiness requirements. Ms. Daigle is also responsible for the policy and oversight of Military Service and joint training and education, the advanced distributed learning technologies for the Federal Government, and the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.

Ms. Daigle entered federal service in 2008 as a President Management Fellow at the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where she examined the Army's Operation and Maintenance account and served as a special assistant to the Deputy Associate Director of the National Security Division. In 2010, Ms. Daigle accepted a position in DoD within the office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) where she oversaw readiness issues, including the operational requirements and costs for Army ground operations and the potential long-term liability of Overseas Contingency Operations funding on readiness budgets. In 2012, Ms. Daigle returned to OMB to serve as a Program Examiner for the Defense Health Program where she worked with senior White House policy officials to develop the President’s Executive Order, “Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families.” In 2013, Ms. Daigle returned to DoD to serve as the Director of CAPE's Force and Infrastructure Analysis Division. In this capacity, she provided expert advice and analysis to senior defense leaders on readiness, infrastructure, and global posture investments, a portfolio of over $80 billion annually. Most recently, Ms. Daigle served as a senior advisor to the Director of OMB on National Security issues.

Prior to her federal service, Ms. Daigle worked nearly ten years in the financial sector where she developed industry-wide benchmarks to measure risk-adjusted performance of securities lending activities. She worked closely with senior executives at 20 global banking institutions to prepare customized benchmark analyses and marketing strategies and helped over 150 state Treasurers, public pension fund executives, and mutual fund administrators assess performance of their securities lending programs.

Ms. Daigle received a master’s degree in Political Science/International Affairs from George Mason University and a bachelor’s in Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics from Fordham University. She is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Ms. Veronica B. Daigle

Ms. Veronica Daigle