|Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment|
|Office of the Secretary of Defense|
(formal address in writing)
|Reports to||Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment|
with the advice and consent of the Senate
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Formation||1 February 2018|
|Deputy||3 deputy assistant secretaries|
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, formerly known as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, is one of three assistant secretaries reporting to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. Formerly the position was an adviser to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Defense on logistics and materiel readiness issues within the Department of Defense (DoD), including programs related to logistics, materiel readiness, maintenance, strategic mobility, and sustainment support. As the principal logistics official within the senior management of the DoD, the ASD (L&MR) exercises authority, direction and control over the director of the Defense Logistics Agency. Like all other Assistant Secretaries of Defense, the ASD (L&MR) is considered a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
As part of a reorganization on 1 February 2018, the ASD(L&MR) was abolished and combined into a new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment.
This position can trace its lineage partially back to the National Security Act of 1947, which established a Munitions Board to oversee logistics and supply within the nascent Defense Department. Through the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations, oversight of logistics and materiel readiness was merged with oversight of installations and properties. In 1977, the acquisition functions of this office were transferred to the Director of Defense Research and Engineering, and responsibilities for logistics were merged with manpower and reserve affairs throughout the Carter and early Reagan administrations.
For a year in the middle of the Reagan administration, responsibilities for logistics and materiel support were split between two ASDs after the creation of a new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Development and Support, established by Defense Directive 5129.4 (signed 25 November 1984). However, this office was abolished after Defense Directive 5128.1 (signed in November 1985) merged logistics responsibilities into a single office, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Logistics. This office was then replaced by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Production and Logistics in April 1987, and phased out completely in 1993 after the reorganization of the office of the USD (AT&L). From 1993 until 2000, there was no principal staff assistant to the USD (AT&L) responsible for oversight of logistics and materiel readiness.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, (P.L. 106-65, signed 5 October 1999) created the new position of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, or DUSD (L&MR). The DUSD (L&MR) was meant to serve as a second DUSD, after the Principal DUSD, reporting to the USD (AT&L). According to an official DoD history, the intent of Congress in establishing the DUSD (L&MR) was to emphasize the importance of these functions.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (P.L. 111-84, signed 28 October 2009) redesignated this position as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, or ASD (L&MR), as part of an overall effort to limit the number of DUSD positions to five. However, this post has remained vacant throughout the Obama administration, with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PDASD) Alan F. Estevez serving as the highest-ranking official in this office.
In February 2018, the Logistics and Materiel Readiness office was combined into a new office, headed by the Assistant Secretary for Sustainment.
Assistant Secretaries for Logistics and Materiel Readiness
The table below includes both the various titles of this post over time, as well as all the holders of those offices.
|Name||Tenure||Secretary(ies) served under||President(s) served under|
|Chairman, Munitions Board|
|Thomas J. Hargrave||30 September 1947 – 20 September 1948||James V. Forrestal||Harry Truman|
|Donald F. Carpenter||21 September 1948 – 30 June 1949||James V. Forrestal |
Louis A. Johnson
|Hubert E. Howard||25 November 1949 – 18 September 1950||Louis A. Johnson|
|John D. Small||16 November 1950 – 20 January 1953||George C. Marshall |
Robert A. Lovett
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Supply and Logistics)|
|Charles S. Thomas||5 August 1953 – 2 May 1954||Charles Erwin Wilson||Dwight Eisenhower|
|Thomas P. Pike||3 May 1954 – 27 June 1956|
|E. Perkins McGuire||28 December 1956 – 20 January 1961||Charles Erwin Wilson |
Neil H. McElroy
Thomas S. Gates
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics)|
|Thomas D. Morris||29 January 1961 – 11 December 1964||Robert S. McNamara||John F. Kennedy |
|Paul R. Ignatius||23 December 1964 – 31 August 1967||Robert S. McNamara||Lyndon Johnson|
|Thomas D. Morris||1 September 1967 – 1 February 1969||Robert S. McNamara
Clark M. Clifford
Melvin R. Laird
|Lyndon Johnson |
|Barry J. Shillito||1 February 1969 – 1 February 1973||Melvin R. Laird||Richard Nixon|
|Arthur I. Mendolia||21 June 1973 – 31 March 1975||James R. Schlesinger||Richard Nixon |
|John J. Bennett (acting)||1 April 1975 – 9 February 1976||James R. Schlesinger
Donald H. Rumsfeld
|Frank A. Shrontz||10 February 1976 – 19 January 1977||Donald H. Rumsfeld|
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics)|
|John P. White||11 May 1977 – 31 October 1978||Harold Brown||Jimmy Carter|
|Robert B. Pirie Jr.||17 June 1979 ��� 20 January 1981|
|Lawrence Korb||4 May 1981 – 12 January 1984||Caspar W. Weinberger||Ronald Reagan|
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Installations, and Logistics)|
|Lawrence J. Korb||12 January 1984 – 5 July 1985||Caspar W. Weinberger||Ronald Reagan|
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Development and Support)|
|James P. Wade||6 August 1984 – 5 July 1985||Caspar W. Weinberger||Ronald Reagan|
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Logistics)|
|James P. Wade||5 July 1985 – 3 November 1986||Caspar W. Weinberger||Ronald Reagan|
|Robert B. Costello||13 March 1987 – 15 April 1987|
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Production and Logistics)|
|Robert B. Costello||15 April 1987 – 17 December 1987||Caspar W. Weinberger
Frank C. Carlucci III
|Jack Katzen||28 March 1988 – 8 January 1990||Frank C. Carlucci III
William Howard Taft IV (acting)
|Ronald Reagan |
George H. W. Bush
|Colin McMillan||5 March 1990 – 11 December 1992||Dick Cheney||George H. W. Bush|
|Position vacant from 1993 to 2000 under President Bill Clinton|
|Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness)|
|Roger W. Kallock||15 September 2000 – 19 January 2001||William S. Cohen||Bill Clinton|
|Diane Morales||17 July 2001 – 2 January 2004||Donald H. Rumsfeld||George W. Bush|
|Bradley M. Berkson (acting)||January 2004 – August 2005|
|Phillip J. "Jack" Bell||8 August 2005 – January 2009||Donald H. Rumsfeld |
Robert M. Gates
|Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness)|
|Position vacant from January 2009 to 8 August 2011||Barack Obama|
|Alan F. Estevez||8 August 2011 – 30 October 2013||Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel|
|David J. Berteau||16 December 2014 – 25 March 2016||Chuck Hagel, Ashton B. Carter|
|Position vacant from 26 March 2016 – 30 November 2017|
|Robert H. McMahon||30 November 2017 – 11 October 2018||James Mattis||Donald J. Trump|
Assistant Secretary for Sustainment
|Name||Tenure||Secretary(ies) served under||President(s) served under|
|Robert H. McMahon||12 October 2018 – present||Jim Mattis||Donald Trump|
- "Report to Congress: Restructuring the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization" (PDF). 1 August 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
- "Department of Defense Key Officials" (PDF). Historical Office, OSD. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- Title IX, Subtitle A, Section 906, Part b, http://intelligence.senate.gov/pdfs/military_act_2009.pdf
- "Alan F. Estevez biography". Archived from the original on 7 February 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2007.
- Mehta, Aaron (2 August 2017). "This is the Pentagon's new acquisition structure". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "The Decision Makers: Defense Department". GovExec.com. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- "Cost-effective Joint Support for the Warfighter," Defense AT&L Interview with Jack Bell, http://www.dau.mil/pubscats/PubsCats/atl/2007_03_04/bel_ma07.pdf Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine