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Operational Law Handbook 2012

Operational Law Handbook 2012

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Rules of Engagement under the Obama admin cause troop deaths.
Rules of Engagement under the Obama admin cause troop deaths.

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I. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for providing the military forces needed to deter war and protect
the security of the United States. The major elements of these forces are the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine
Corps. Under the President, who is also Commander-in-Chief, the SECDEF exercises authority, direction, and
control over the Department which includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Organization of the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the three Military Departments, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector
General, 18 Defense Agencies, 10 DoD Field Activities, and other organizations, such as the National Guard Bureau
(NGB) and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).1

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Office of the Secretary of Defense, Organization and Functions Guidebook http://odam.defense.gov/omp/Functions/
Organizational_Portfolios/Organization_and_Functions_Guidebook.html (last visited May 3, 2012).

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II. THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

The Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) is the principal defense policy advisor to the President and is responsible for
the formulation of general defense policy and policy related to all matters of direct and primary concern to the DoD,
and for the execution of approved policy. Under the direction of the President, the SECDEF exercises authority,
direction, and control over the DoD.2

III. THE DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

The Deputy Secretary of Defense is delegated full power and authority to act for the SECDEF and to exercise the
powers of the SECDEF on any and all matters for which the SECDEF is authorized to act pursuant to law.3

IV. THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the
exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities.
OSD includes the immediate offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretaries of
Defense, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel,
Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Assistants to the Secretary of Defense, Director of Administration and
Management, and such other staff offices as the Secretary establishes to assist in carrying out assigned
responsibilities.4

V. THE DEFENSE AGENCIES

The Defense Agencies, authorized by the SECDEF pursuant to the provisions of Title 10, United States Code,
perform selected consolidated support and service functions on a Department-wide basis; Defense Agencies that are
assigned wartime support missions are designated as Combat Support. 5

VI. THE DOD FIELD ACTIVITIES

The DoD Field Activities are established by the SECDEF, under the provisions of Title 10, United States Code, to
perform selected consolidated support and service functions of a more limited scope than Defense Agencies.6

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