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Reorganization at USD(P) July 13, 2009

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Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy

Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy

As reported in Defense News, Under Secretary of Defense Michel Flournoy has redesigned the Pentagon’s policy shop and issued a new org chart. The new structure gives some insight into how the Department views the nation’s strategic priorities. In particular, it includes a new Deputy Assistant Secretary (DASD) for Afghanistan and Pakistan, separate from the South Asia responsibilities, links space and cyber issues under a Deputy Assistant  Secretary for Cyber and Space Policy, and expands the reach of the Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict to include  building partner capacity and counter-narcotics operations. These and other changes reflect an increasing focus on unconventional conflicts, and away from a hard and fast distinction between counterinsurgency and conventional warfare.

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