Protecting the Defense Department’s people is Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper’s top priority. Sustaining a strong workforce is crucial for maintaining readiness and security and supporting the department’s interagency partners and local communities in the fight against COVID-19. DOD is committed to ensuring its people are able to receive the support they need. The American people expect at all times we're going to defend them from adversaries beyond our shores and protect our interests abroad. And to do that, we have to take care of our service members. That's our most important resource. Our most valuable asset [is] our people. - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper The men and women who safeguard national security as military, civilians, contractors and their families are the department's most precious resource. A strong workforce is agile and able to quickly recover when facing adversity. Protecting the department’s people is critical to maintaining readiness. Those who serve are better able to support the mission when they know that their families are safe, their finances are secure and their organization is ready and able to provide the services needed to help them through difficult times. DOD remains committed to ensuring the health and well-being of its people. The department provides a host of services to bolster personal well-being and offer assistance in times of need for service members, civilians and their families.