Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Principal Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management
US Department of Defense
Acting Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Robert Wilkie is the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Mr. Wilkie is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management as it relates to readiness; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; health affairs; training; and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and the quality of life for military families.
In addition to the above role, Mr. Wilkie was named by President Trump to serve as the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs on March 28, 2018.
DR. GEORGE V. LUDWIG
Principal Assistant for Research and Technology
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
George V. Ludwig serves as the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology where he exercises scientific oversight and/or management of the Army and DoD medical Science and Technology programs ($1.5 billion in FY16). These include programs in Military Operational Medicine, Combat Casualty Care, Military Infectious Diseases, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Health Information Technology, Medical Chemical and Biological Defense, and Congressional Directed Special Interest Research Programs. This includes responsibility for oversight of research conducted within the Command’s worldwide laboratory system of laboratories, six in the continental United States and three outside the continental United States.
ROBERT KADLEC, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
US Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Kadlec serves as the Secretary’s principal advisor on matters related to public health emergencies, including bioterrorism. The office leads the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of manmade and naturally occurring disasters and public health emergencies. As such, the office coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other federal agencies, and state and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from public health emergencies.
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