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    The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, and program evaluation responsibilities. OSD includes the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretaries of Defense, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel, and the Director of Administration and Management.

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    The incumbent serves as a Foreign Relations and Defense Policy Manager. The Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on a full range of responsibilities, particularly those regarding strategy formulation, contingency planning, and the integration of Department of Defense (DoD) plans and policy with overall U.S. foreign affairs and national security goals and objectives. The incumbent must represent the USD(P) and/or DUSD(P) in sensitive presentations and negotiations, where tact, good judgment and professional expertise are required.The incumbent has responsibility to provide recommendations to senior defense officials drawing on overall U.S. foreign affairs policy and national security goals and objectives. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Within broad guidance set by the USD(P), the incumbent makes recommendations on highly complex and abstract issues of DoD strategy and policy, taking into account their impact on the foreign affairs and political environment, and on related matters,including particularly those of immediate concern to the USD(P), and the Secretary of Defense.
    • Incumbent uses independent judgment and experience to prepare seniors officials for testimony before the Congress, and drafts testimony or other presentations to the Congress for use by the USD(P). Incumbent monitors and oversees work using independent judgment, providing directions to components of the OUSD(P) staff, and doing so under tight deadlines and with little guidance. The incumbent monitors congressional action on the DoD budget and formulates official responses to periodic Congressional inquiries and/or legislated reporting requirements.
    • The incumbent coordinates and oversees the public and press contacts of the USD(P) and component staff, developing strategies and materials for public and press presentations, and participates in or conducts long-range studies of special interest to the USD(P).
    • The incumbent drafts issue and background papers on highly complex and important defense issues and makes oral and written presentations to the USD(P), other senior defense officials, and counterparts from other USG agencies recommending a particular resolution of these matters.
    • The incumbent maintains professional expertise by remaining knowledgeable of current developments in the broad area of foreign affairs and foreign policy, using judgment to identify items which require action by the USD(P), advising the USD(P) of the emergence of matters requiring attention by him/her or the Secretary of Defense, and defining and initiating follow-up actions where necessary.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0130 Foreign Affairs

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