Deputy Secretary Of Defense Calls Trump's Team "Extremely Professional" & Impressive Deputy Secretary Of Defense Calls Trump's Team "Extremely Professional" & Impressive
Dec. 3, 2016


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Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told reporters yesterday about the successful and productive transition process currently taking place with the Trump administration.

The U.S. Dept. of Defense issued the following press release:

Defense Transition

Work said that President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is now working at the Pentagon and is gradually increasing its staff.

"The interactions have been extremely professional," Work said, "[and] I've been impressed by the questions being asked."

Among the things they discussed was the third offset, he said, adding, "We've said all along that regardless of what [the third offset] is called in the future, it's really about arresting the steady erosion of our conventional overmatch and reestablishing a healthy overmatch, because we feel very strongly that is the basis for conventional deterrence."

Work said they also spoke about innovation and the whole innovation agenda, as well as the way he and Carter approached it.

The deputy secretary said, "We're making as strong a case as we can that [we consider] the work we've done to be foundational, and that [the third offset] was specifically designed for any administration to take it any way that they want it to go."

Work said he's focused on helping the transition and also on fiscal year 2017.

"We just got the [National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2017] and we're pouring through it now to see what's in there. We're also putting together the [defense portion of the] president's budget for 2018, which is a recommendation to the new administration," he said.

"We're still trying to implement all of Secretary Carter's initiatives," he added, "so we have plenty to do between now and Jan. 20 to support Secretary Carter, and at the same time we have to support the transition team and help them get ready."

The transition team is starting at the top, the deputy secretary said. On Nov. 30, he said,  the team held a roundtable with the Joint Staff and they're beginning to hold roundtable discussions with the military departments.

"I'm going to do everything I possibly can to assist the new administration," Work said, "whether it's just writing on my own, or talking."

Work's official bio states

Robert O. Work was sworn in as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense on 5 May 2014.

Deputy Secretary Work was born on 17 January 1953 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Illinois in 1974 and was commissioned a U.S. Marine Second Lieutenant. He spent the ensuing 27 years in the Marine Corps, serving in various leadership positions including as Director of Operations and Exercise Support at the National Reconnaissance Office, as commander of an artillery battery and a battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard Danzig, 7lst secretary of the Navy. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel on 1 September 2001.

After retiring from the military, Deputy Secretary Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments as a Senior Fellow and became the Center’s Vice President in 2007. In 2008, he was part of President-elect Obama's defense team advising on defense policy, acquisition and budget matters and led the Navy Department's issues team. He was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University where he taught classes on defense analysis and the roles and missions of the armed forces.

From 2009-2013, Deputy Secretary Work served as Under Secretary of the Navy. In 2013, he joined the Center for New American Security as the Chief Executive Officer. President Obama nominated him to be deputy secretary of defense in February 2014 and he was confirmed on 30 April.

Deputy Secretary Work holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Space Operations) from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Masters in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Among the civilian and military honors he has received, Deputy Secretary Work was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

You can read the entire DoD press release here.

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