Alexis Lasselle Ross

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Alexis Lasselle Ross
Acting United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
In office
March 3, 2020 – March 23, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Secretary of DefenseMark Esper
Preceded byMatthew Donovan (acting)
Succeeded byMatthew Donovan
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategy and Acquisition Reform
In office
January 29, 2018 – November 18, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Secretary of the Army
  • Mark Esper
  • Ryan McCarthy
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byBrian Raftery
Personal details
  • BA in international relations
  • MA in national security and strategic studies
  • PhD
Alma mater
  • Bucknell University
  • Naval War College
  • George Mason University

Alexis Lasselle Ross is a United States government official who served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) for Strategy and Acquisition Reform and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She acted as the United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness during the Senate consideration of Matthew Donovan for the role.Garamone, Jim. "DOD Issues Flexible Instructions on Response to Coronavirus", DOD News, US Department of Defense, March 9, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.Serbu, Jared. "Donovan steps aside from DoD’s top personnel job as Senate considers his nomination", Federal News Network, March 5, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.</ref> She also previously worked as a staff member for the Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives and as a principle advisor to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army during the Obama administration.Campbell, Colton C. and Auerswald, David P. "Contributors: Alexis Lasselle Ross", Congress and Civil-Military Relations, Georgetown University Press, 2015. Pg 211. As the acting USD(P&R), Ross oversaw much of the initial US Department of Defense response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, including the release of regionalized health protection plans and the authorization of changes to travel.[1][2]

Early life and education

Ross graduated from Bucknell University in 2001 with a BA in international relations and from the Naval War College in 2005 with an MA in national security and strategic studies. In 2015 she earned a PhD in public policy from George Mason University where her thesis on the topic of the role of legislation on national defense policy was overseen by political scientist James P. Pfiffner.[3][4]

In the media



  1. Ross, Alexis Lasselle. "MEMO: Authorized Departure - Consulate General Milan", Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, March 16, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  2. Williams, Lauren C. "DOD restricts international travel for 60 days over coronavirus pandemic", Defense Systems, March 14, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  3. Ross, Alexis Lasselle. "Legislating “Military Entitlements”: A Challenge to the Congressional Abdication Thesis", PhD Dissertation, George Mason University, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  4. McClain, Buzz. "A Public Policy PhD Alumna Shares Insights into U.S. Army Strategy and Acquisition Reform", Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, June 14, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2020.

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