DoD General Counsel
The DoD General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense (DoD). As such, the DoD General Counsel provides legal advice directly to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and senior DoD leaders on operational, technological, and other issues critical to DoD’s ability to execute its mission. The DoD General Counsel leads the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD OGC) and is the Director of the Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA).
DoD OGC and DLSA provide comprehensive and timely legal advice across the DoD enterprise (except for the Military Departments and Combatant Commands, and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense) on issues, such as:
• the impact of domestic and international legal obligations on DoD military operations, intelligence operations, and cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence;
DoD OGC is composed of eight divisions: Acquisition and Logistics; Personnel and Health Policy; Intelligence; International Affairs; Fiscal; Environment, Energy and Installations; Legal Counsel; and Legislative Counsel. These divisions both focus on their core areas of expertise and collaborate with each other to ensure DoD OGC’s legal support is well-informed, deliberate, and actionable. DoD OGC team members work directly with their DoD client organizations to resolve legal issues at the lowest possible level and to help inform operational and policy proposals at the earliest opportunity.
• fiscal authorities for conducting operations;
• military and civilian personnel regulations;
• environmental requirements for DoD operations and installations;
• legislative proposals; and
DLSA includes the Offices of General Counsel of the Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities (DAFAs). The DAFA GCs report directly to the DoD GC to ensure alignment of legal guidance across the DoD enterprise. More information about each DLSA organization can be found here.
Join us! DoD OGC and DLSA are always looking for additional legal talent. DoD OGC legal opportunities can be found here and here. You may also contact DoD OGC for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
DoD OGC and DLSA LEADERSHIP
The Honorable Caroline D. Krass, DoD General Counsel and Director, Defense Legal Services Agency|Biography
Corin R. Stone, DoD Principal Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Director, Defense Legal Services Agency|Biography