Kenneth D. Watson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs. In this capacity, he serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness and provides oversight of the Department's annual $90 billion maintenance program. He also develops policies and procedures for maintenance support of major weapon systems and military equipment within the Department of Defense. He assumed his current position in January 2017.
Mr. Watson previously served as the Deputy Director, Strategy, Capabilities, Policy, and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command. During this assignment, he also deployed to Afghanistan as the Director of Sustainment under the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan. He has served in numerous Joint assignments, serving as the Deputy Chief of the Capabilities Division in the Directorate of Logistics (J4), the Joint Staff, also deploying to Iraq under the Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq.