Ms. Christine Wormuth was appointed as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Force Development in August 2012. Ms. Wormuth is responsible for advising the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD[P]) and the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to the development of U.S. national security and defense strategy. She oversees the strategic guidance development, review, and assessment for military contingency plans and the plans for the day-to-day military activities of Combatant Commanders. In addition, Ms. Wormuth leads Policy's efforts to provide strategic guidance and implementation oversight to the Department's planning, programming, and budgeting process as well as various force development, force management, and corporate support processes. This includes the integrated assessment of U.S. military posture, force structure, and associated defense activities and capabilities.
Prior to joining the Office of USD(P), Ms. Wormuth was a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Staff (NSS). As the Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy, Ms. Wormuth oversaw the Defense directorate and was responsible for providing NSS expertise on global, functional, and regional defense, military and political-military issues.