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Immediate Release

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Upcoming Departure of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald S. Moultrie

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald S. Moultrie will step down from his position at the end of February.

Since his appointment almost three years ago, Under Secretary Moultrie has been a trusted counselor and a key member of the Department's senior leadership team.  He has shown a far-sighted approach to complex intelligence issues, built a rapport with domestic and international intelligence leaders, and established stewardship of our Defense Intelligence and Security Enterprise. His achievements include the designation of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security as the Principal Staff Assistant for law enforcement; advancing the Department's ability to provide insights into adversary capabilities via the Foreign Language Roadmap; and initiating a landmark review of the Department's credibility assessment program that supports criminal investigations and the process of adjudicating security clearances. He has helped posture the Defense Intelligence Enterprise to meet the pacing challenge of the People's Republic of China while supporting the Department's response to crises in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Under Secretary Moultrie has also been a champion of workplace wellness, bringing more support for mental health care and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges across the defense intelligence and security enterprise.   

Ron has left a mark on this department through his 44 years of public service. Our Department and our intelligence and security enterprise are measurably more capable of tackling tomorrow's challenges because of Ron's distinguished service.