The office of the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment would be merged with the ASD for logistics and materiel readiness into a new ASD for sustainment office, as part of the reorganization triggered by the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics (AT&L) office into two smaller organizations. The restructuring will be phased in over approximately two years. “During the first 120 days of the reorganization, important administrative processes required to create new offices and linked to all of our business systems will begin,” DOD spokesman Adam Stump told On Base. Stump would not provide any additional details regarding the merger or a projected timeline for standing up the new ASD for sustainment office. “All of this is being worked out now,” he said.
As directed by Congress in the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill, the undersecretary for AT&L was broken up into two groups — the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment (A&S) and the undersecretary for research and engineering. The energy and installations office, along with the Office of Economic Adjustment, was moved under A&S, which would have a total of three ASDs when the reorganization is fully implemented.