The individual components that now make up the office of the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment would be shifted to a newly created ASD for sustainment, as part of the reorganization plan triggered by the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) office into two smaller organizations. The realignment would maintain four of the five deputy ASD posts that now report to the ASD for energy, installations and environment post, but it would eliminate the top ASD position from the organization chart.
The changes were outlined in a 17-page memo obtained by Defense News. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved the proposed restructuring for the two organizations created following the breakup of the undersecretary for AT&L — the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment (A&S) and the undersecretary for research and engineering — last week. A DOD spokeswoman confirmed that Shanahan’s memo had been provided to Congress and briefed to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Under the new organization chart for the office of the undersecretary for A&S, all of the top tier officials, including the ASD for sustainment, would report to the deputy undersecretary. Four deputy ASD positions related to installations and energy would report to the ASD for sustainment — energy, environment, infrastructure and facilities management. The current structure of the ASD for energy, installations and environment includes five deputy ASDs — basing; facilities investment and management; operational energy; installation energy; and environment, safety and occupational health. The Office of Economic Adjustment also would fall under the ASD for sustainment.
The other deputy ASD posts under sustainment include logistics, product support and material readiness. The Defense Logistics Agency fits under the ASD for sustainment as well.