About Us

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness is responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) on key military readiness and training issues.


  • Serve as focal point within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) on all issues and activities related to readiness of America's Armed Forces.
  • Develop and oversee policies and programs to ensure the readiness of US Forces for peacetime contingencies, crises, and warfighting.
  • Provide support to the Department of Defense (DoD) Senior Readiness Oversight Council, the Readiness Working Group, and ad hoc high level readiness task forces.
  • Develop and oversee DoD training policies and programs including the cost-effective application of training systems and technologies.
  • Develop and oversee training policies and programs to ensure that training programs and resources are sufficient to produce ready forces.
  • Serve as the DoD focal point for innovations in training such as the Advanced Distributed Learning initiative.
  • Participate in DoD planning, programming and budgeting activities related to readiness, training and crisis planning and response.
  • Oversee and initiate analyses and studies that support DoD's readiness, training and crisis planning and response functions.