The Global Plum Book identifies the 100 key political appointed positions in an Administration who are responsible for development and diplomacy policy. Get background and bios on all the latest appointments at the White House, State Department, USAID, and beyond. For a quick guide to the top foreign policy positions across the Administration, download this PDF booklet.

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Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Department of Defense

Colin Kahl

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Provides strategic policy advice on national security affairs to the Secretary of Defense and Department of Defense as a whole.

Secretary of Defense
Department of Defense

Lloyd Austin

Secretary of Defense

Serves as the head and chief executive officer of the Department of Defense, ensuring civilian control of the military.

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense

William Burns

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which is part of the United States Intelligence Community. The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).