Kenneth D. Watson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness. In this capacity, he serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, providing integration and oversight of the Department's annual $90 billion maintenance program. In this capacity he develops policies and procedures for materiel readiness and maintenance support of major weapon systems and military equipment within the Department of Defense. He assumed his current post 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.