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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