Veronica Blount Daigle

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness

Ms. Daigle was confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness on June 27, 2019. She is the principal staff advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) on all matters related to military readiness. In that capacity, she oversees the policies and programs that ensure the Total Force (Active, National Guard, and Reserve) of the United States is ready for the missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense.

Ms. Daigle’s responsibilities include supervision of the operations and reform of the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS), a comprehensive, enterprise-wide readiness system that measures the capability of the armed forces to carry out the National Security Strategy prescribed by the President, the Defense Planning Guidance provided by the Secretary of Defense and the National Military Strategy prescribed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; management of the Readiness Recovery Framework, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) key management tool to facilitate the Military Services’ readiness recovery and predict future readiness requirements; the policy and oversight of Military Service and joint training and education; and oversight for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Additionally, Ms. Daigle serves as the DoD Designated Agency Safety and Health Official and supports the USD(P&R) in fulfilling the Principal Enterprise Safety Official role.

Ms. Daigle entered the Federal Government in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and subsequently served within the office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As a senior analyst, Ms. Daigle assessed a wide-ranging portfolio of issues, including the operational requirements and costs for Army ground operations, the potential effect of continued Overseas Contingency Operations funding on readiness programs, and the sufficiency of resources to support mental health services for Service Members. In 2013, Ms. Daigle was selected to become a career member of the Senior Executive Service and served as the Director of CAPE’s Force and Infrastructure Analysis Division. In this position, she provided expert advice and analysis to senior DoD leaders on readiness, infrastructure, and global posture investments, a portfolio of over $80 billion annually. More recently, Ms. Daigle served as a senior advisor to the Director of OMB, and was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness from November 2017 to June 2019.

Prior to her federal service, Ms. Daigle worked nearly ten years in the financial sector where she developed industry-wide benchmarks to measure the risk-adjusted performance of securities lending activities. She collaborated closely with senior executives at 20 global banking institutions to prepare customized benchmark analyses and marketing strategies, and supported over 150 state Treasurers, public pension fund executives, and mutual fund administrators in assessing the performance of their securities lending programs.

Ms. Daigle received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Fordham University and a Master’s degree in Political Science/International Affairs from George Mason University. She is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.