Policy, Strategy, and Organizational Development of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

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This thesis examines the establishment of the position of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, or USD(P), focusing on the factors that underpinned its establishment in 1977. The Department of Defense was organizationally flawed from its creation in 1947 and as the years went by, executive orders and congressional legislation fundamentally altered its organizational relationships. To understand why the USD(P) was created, this thesis analyzes the most influential factors which ultimately shaped the creation of the first USD(P) position and how the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, or OUSD(P), was later organized in response to national security requirements. Comprehensive analysis of each of these factors provides context to the history surrounding the creation of the USD(P) and eventually the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. These findings are highlighted throughout various DoD-based publications, directive memoranda, reports, and a variety of supplemental sources which ultimately supported the argument. By carefully dissecting the bureaucratic nature, organizational purposes, and structure of the DoD, the justification and reasoning surrounding creation of the OUSD(P) becomes clear.



Organizational History, Department of Defense