MR. LEONARD G. LITTON, III
Mr. Leonard Litton currently serves as the Principal Director for Military
Personnel Policy. In this position he provides leadership and oversight for human resource policies impacting the
sustainment of the all-volunteer-force for the Department of Defense. Previously, Mr. Litton served as the Director
for Personnel Policy and Strategy for the emergent Space Force crafting personnel policies and processes to
establish the newest military Service. Mr. Litton has also served as Director, Defense Policy and Strategy on the
National Security Council staff, Executive Office of the President, The White House where he developed policy
options for the National Security Advisor and the President. His portfolio included personnel, military readiness,
veterans, and military family issues. Prior to that assignment he served as the Director of Personnel Risk Reduction
directing a portfolio including policy and operational assessment of operational safety issues, drug abuse, and
wellness. He also served as the Executive Director of the Defense Safety Oversight Council (DSOC).
Mr. Litton attended The Citadel as the recipient of the Charles P. Summerall memorial scholarship. He majored in
mathematics, graduating in 1985 Cum Laude and as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. Following
graduation, he accepted a regular commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and attended
Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi.
Mr. Litton served twenty-five years on active duty in the United States Air Force retiring as a Colonel in 2010.
During his career he had extensive experience in fighter, bomber, and trainer flight operations. His assignments
included operational tours in Europe, nuclear operations, command, and headquarters staff assignments. Career
highlights include serving as Assistant Deputy Director for Capability Based Planning; Commander, 25th Flying
Training Squadron; Deputy Division Chief, Nuclear Operations, C2, and Arms Control Division; and serving as the
first Deputy Commander of the 325th Bomb Squadron, where he was responsible for the combat employment of one of
America’s two operational B-2 Stealth Bomber squadrons.
Mr. Litton received numerous awards during his career for flying expertise and leadership. As a flying training
instructor, Mr. Litton was named the Air Education and Training Command Flying Training Flight Commander of the
Year. In 1994, he was selected as an initial cadre instructor for the B-2 Stealth Bomber and became the 64th person
ever to fly the aircraft. In 1996, he was the command nominee for the U.S. Jaycees 10 Outstanding Young Americans
Award. He is a command pilot and has logged 3,500 hours in the T-37, T-38, A-10, and B-2.
Mr. Litton has earned M.A. degrees from Webster University, The Naval War College, and the Air War College. He holds
graduate certificates from the George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a
Seminar XXI fellow. He is also a graduate of the National Security Executive Leadership Seminar and Leadership for a
Democratic Society executive leadership programs. He is a Licensed Safety Professional and Certificated FAA Flight
Instructor. He is married, has two adult sons, and two grandchildren.