Mr. Gregory Pejic was designated the official performing the duties of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PDASD) for Space Policy in October 2020. In this capacity, Mr. Pejic supports the ASD (Space Policy) with the overall supervision of DoD policy for space warfighting. Mr. Pejic previously served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense where his portfolio included space policy, homeland defense, and management reform. Prior to that role, he served as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).
Prior to joining DoD, Mr. Pejic served as the Principal Director for Unity of Effort Integration at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans. He also volunteered as a Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist for FEMA’s Surge Capacity Force, supporting response and recovery efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Pejic participated in the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Joint Duty Program at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he supported the Assistant Director for Systems and Resource Analyses as a Senior Analyst. He helped strengthen the Intelligence Community’s resource allocation process, led the Consolidated Cryptology Program/Specialized Reconnaissance Programs portfolio for his team, and developed planning and programming guidance for overhead systems in the National Intelligence Program.
Mr. Pejic began his Federal civil service as a Presidential Management Fellow at DHS’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer where he led resource allocation and performance management efforts in the border security mission space and completed a developmental detail in the Strategic Defense & Space Programs Division of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He later served as the inaugural Homeland Security Fellow at the RAND National Security Research Division where he supported capabilities analysis for Project AIR FORCE.
Mr. Pejic holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from Tulane University and a Master of Public Policy (Economics) from Pepperdine University. He also completed certificates in Comparative Political and Economic Systems from the Engalitcheff Institute at Georgetown University and in International Studies from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.