WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense has announced it's reorganizing its policy office to boost inter-agency cooperation.
Eric Edelman, U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy, told reporters Monday the reorganization would allow the DOD to better partner with colleagues in other agencies and help the DOD focus on developing the capabilities needed for the war on terror, the American Forces Press service reported Tuesday.
The reorganized office changes the geographic responsibility for policy, and it places cross-cutting functions under one chief, the report said.
Europe and NATO, the Middle East and Africa will come under the assistant defense secretary for international security affairs. Asia Pacific, South Asia and Central Asia will come under the assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs. Western hemisphere policy decisions will come under the ASD for Homeland Defense and Americas' security affairs, AFPS said.
The assistant secretary for special operations/low intensity conflict will pick up responsibility for strategic capabilities and forces transformation, the report said.
The reorganization calls for appointing an assistant secretary for global security affairs to oversee policy guidance for building partners capabilities, security cooperation, technical security policy, detainee affairs and POW/MIA affairs.
This is the first reorganization of the policy office since the fiscal 2002 National Defense Authorization Act that established the assistant secretary for Homeland Defense. It is intended to brings the DOD way of looking at the world more in line with the way the U.S. State Department and the National Security Council do, the report said.
Edelman said the reorganization would begin on Oct. 1, and continue through March 2007.