James Anderson, who is currently performing the duties of undersecretary of defense for policy, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to fill that role.
The Senate confirmed Anderson in August 2018 as assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities. In his present role, he is responsible for advising the defense secretary and the defense undersecretary for policy on national security and defense strategy; the forces and contingency plans necessary to implement defense strategy; nuclear deterrence and missile defense policy; and security cooperation plans and policies.
Anderson also supports DOD’s program, budget and posture decisions, and helps advance senior leaders’ strategic direction.
Anderson previously served three years as the vice president for academic affairs at the Marine Corps University. From 2012 to 2015, he was dean of academics and deputy director at the Marine Corps War College. Before that, he worked as professor of international and security studies at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies.
Anderson served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2009, where he was director of Middle East policy in international security affairs, among other positions.
Additionally, Anderson has worked as an associate at DFI International, a private consulting firm; as a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank; and as an associate professor of international relations at Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University.