DOD Civilians Deploy to Support Warfighters

DOD Civilians Deploy to Support Warfighters
Putting the right people in the right place at the right time is the Defense Department's talent management goal, the director of DOD's Expeditionary Civilian Program said.

The aim, Howard Ferguson said, is increasing readiness, lethality and reform. That often means men and women in uniform — but not always.  

Since the program started in 2009, it has ensured that DOD civilians, who deploy as joint individual augmentees, are placed where they're most needed in a joint-service contingency environment, including in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, Ferguson said. The DOD Expeditionary Civilian mission stems from the department's desire to better prepare and integrate DOD civilian employees into the "total force" to meet future global challenges.  

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