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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary



For Immediate Release March 1, 2010


EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PROVIDING AN ORDER OF SUCCESSION WITHIN THE
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,
including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended,
5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered that:

Section 1. Order of Succession.

(a) Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order,
the following officials of the Department of Defense, in the
order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties
of the office of the Secretary of Defense (Secretary) during any
period in which the Secretary has died, resigned, or otherwise
become unable to perform the functions and duties of the office
of the Secretary, until such time as the Secretary is able to
perform the functions and duties of that office:

(1) Deputy Secretary of Defense;

(2) Secretary of the Army;

(3) Secretary of the Navy;

(4) Secretary of the Air Force;

(5) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology, and Logistics;

(6) Under Secretary of Defense for Policy;

(7) Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller);

(8) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and
Readiness;

(9) Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence;

(10) Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of
Defense;

(11) Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics;

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(12) Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
Policy;

(13) Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
(Comptroller);

(14) Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
Personnel and Readiness;

(15) Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
Intelligence;

(16) Director of Defense Research and Engineering;

(17) General Counsel of the Department of Defense,
the Assistant Secretaries of Defense, the
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for
Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense
Programs, the Director of Operational Test and
Evaluation, the Director of Operational Energy
Plans and Programs, and the Director of Cost
Assessment and Program Evaluation;

(18) Under Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and the
Air Force; and

(19) Assistant Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and
the Air Force, and General Counsels of the Army,
the Navy, and the Air Force.

(b) Precedence among officers designated within the same
paragraph of subsection (a) shall be determined by the order in
which they have been appointed to such office. Where officers
designated within the same paragraph of subsection (a) have the
same appointment date, precedence shall be determined by the
order in which they have taken the oath to serve in that office.

Sec. 2. Exceptions.

(a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in
section 1 in an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall
act as Secretary pursuant to this order.

(b) No individual listed in section 1 shall act as
Secretary unless that individual was appointed by the President,
by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and that
individual is otherwise eligible to so serve under the Federal
Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this order, the
President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law,
to depart from this order in designating an acting Secretary.

Sec. 3. Revocation. Executive Order 13394 of December 22,
2005 (Providing An Order of Succession Within the Department of
Defense), is hereby revoked.

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Sec. 4. Judicial Review. This order is not intended to,
and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against
the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its
officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



BARACK OBAMA



THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 1, 2010.



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