Dr. Laura Junor serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness. She develops and oversees policies and programs to ensure the Armed Forces of the United States are ready for all missions assigned by the President and Secretary of Defense. She acts as the focal point on all issues and activities related to the readiness and training of the Total Force. Further, she leads major DoD-wide initiatives that include the development of real-time readiness reporting system, a transformed training environment for joint forces, sustainable military training ranges, and the implementation of the Secretary of Defense’s mishap reduction goal.
Previously, Dr. Junor supported the Department’s program and budget process as the Chief of Staff for the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. From 1994 through 2006, she directed readiness research for the Center for Naval Analyses and held an IPA position in OSD (P&R). Her work guided decisions on personnel quality and quantity, logistics and maintenance management, unit and individual training, and sourcing options. From 2006 until 2009, Dr. Junor worked with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, and agencies within several states to develop a common lexicon for improving communication and capability flows in the event of domestic crises.
A native of the D.C. metropolitan area, Dr. Junor graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland with honors in economics. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.