Strategy, Policy, and Programming

Provide strategic-level direction across the DoD readiness enterprise and ensure readiness implications are represented in national strategy and programming decisions.

Assessments and Analysis

Develop tools and lead and support assessments that drive proactive2 decision-making for senior leaders and expand the Department’s ability to anticipate and address impacts to readiness.

Defense Readiness Reporting System - Strategic

Oversee the development, operation, sustainment, and modernization of the Defense Readiness Reporting System – Strategic (DRRS-S).

Global Force Management and Mobilization

Represent readiness equities in Global Force Management (GFM), global posture, and Reserve Component (RC) mobilization decisions.


Professional Military Education

PME helps Service Members develop the knowledge and habits of mind essential to the military profession. FE&T provides direction, guidance, and oversight for PME institutions across the force.

Military Training and Exercises

The joint training of individuals, units, and staffs to support Combatant Command missions, often with Allies and Partners, is critical to ensuring our national security. FE&T’s Military Training and Exercises portfolio includes programs such as the Joint Training, Exercise, and Evaluation Program (JTEEP), Joint & Integrated Operations Training (JIOT), and Joint Assessment and Enabling Capability (JAEC).

Climate Literacy

The Department recognizes that our operating environment is changing, and that we need a Joint Force that is prepared to fight and win under any conditions. Our Climate Literacy portfolio focuses on empowering military and civilian personnel with the education, training, and information that they require to execute their missions, protect our nation, and return home safely, no matter the environment.

Language Programs

The Department works to build and maintain robust language, regional expertise, and culture capabilities across the Total Force in order to protect our national security. Our Language Programs develop, advocate, and oversee policies, strategies, and initiatives designed to meet this objective now and in the future.

DoD Expeditionary Civilians

The dynamic mission of the Department sometimes requires us to deploy our talented civilian employees overseas to serve in austere or dangerous locations. The DoD Expeditionary Civilians Program trains and acclimates these men and women, equipping them with the tools that they need to succeed in their new roles.

Broadening Opportunities

The Department invests in rising leaders in a variety of ways as part of the development of our forces and capabilities. The Strategic Thinkers Program and SECDEF Executive Fellows Program engage a select number of military officers and civilian employees in innovative, year-long education and training opportunities designed to prepare our future leaders to meet the evolving objectives and needs of the Department.


Operational Safety

Advise and manage Defense strategy, policy, oversight, and resource review and advocacy for aviation, ground, motor vehicle, afloat, weapons, and space safety programs.

Occupational Safety and Health

Manage evolving occupational safety and health risks, develop policy, conduct oversight, and review and advocate for resources. Includes occupational safety, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, hearing conservation, laser safety systems, ionizing radiation. Represent DoD equities with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Defense Safety Oversight Council

FSOH is the primary support for the Defense Safety Oversight Council (DSOC) and all associated SOH Task Forces and Working Groups. The DSOC provides governance on DoD-wide efforts to reduce mishaps, incidents, and occupational illnesses and injuries. It is supported by the DSOC Integration Group, DSOC Steering Group, and subordinate working groups.

Force Risk Reduction (FR2)

FSOH oversees the operation, sustainment, and modernization of the Department’s enterprise-level, safety data warehousing, monitoring, and analysis tool. FR2 helps DoD Components evaluate trends, identify areas of concern, reduce risks inherent in daily operations, and improve overall readiness by using information to support mishap prevention activities.

DoD Safety Management Center of
Excellence (SMCX)

FSOH oversees and manages the SMCX, a central resource that provides commanders, safety professionals, and DoD employees with proven risk management solutions and technologies. Through SMCX, FSOH supports DoD with Safety Management System (SMS) implementation, SOH information sharing, compliance, training, employer-employee relations, and culture change.