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Episode 32: Jim Miller on Managing Policy in an Age of Constant Disruption and Dynamic Threats


Sep 3, 2020

Jim Miller has worked for four decades on a combination of
private and public sector initiatives focused on addressing a wide
variety of national security threats.  He has held numerous
positions within the Department of Defense including serving as
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and has been awarded the
DoD’s highest civilian award four times.

In this OODAcast, we discuss a wide variety of topics

  • How to use red teaming to plan for emerging threats and
  • How to bridge the gap between planning and execution
  • Lessons-learned from 40 years of working with top strategists
    and thinkers
  • Developing a new generation of experts to inform policy and
  • How the first DoD Cyber Policy was developed and how it
    contributed to addressing the cyber threat
  • Emerging national security concerns and the global threat

Official Bio:

Miller is President of Adaptive Strategies, LLC, which provides
consulting to private sector clients on strategy development and
implementation, international engagement, and technology issues. He
is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics
Laboratory, and is a member of the International Institute for
Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from May 2012 to January
2014, Dr. Miller served as the principal civilian advisor to the
Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, working
to strengthen relations with allies and partners in Europe, the
Middle East, and Asia, and to reduce the risks of miscommunication
with Russia and China. He served as Principal Deputy Under
Secretary of Defense for Policy, from April 2009 to May 2012. For
his accomplishments, he was awarded the Department of Defense’s
highest civilian award, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service
four times, twice by Secretary Gates, and by Secretaries Panetta
and Hagel.

He also
received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint
Distinguished Civilian Award. Dr. Miller was present at the
creation for CNAS, serving as Senior Vice President and Director of
Studies from 2007 to 2009. He previously served as Senior Vice
President at Hicks and Associates, Inc. During the 1990s he was
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans, and
Counterproliferation Policy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
at Duke University, and senior professional staff member for the
House Armed Services Committee.

Miller received a B.A. degree with honors in economics from
Stanford University, where he played tennis for a team that won
several national championships. He earned Master’s and Ph.D.
degrees in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University.

Additional Resources:

OODA Network Interview with Jim Miller

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