About Us

In 2014, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was developed between the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD/HA) and the President of National Defense University (NDU) for the Joint Medical Chair (JMC) to collaborate with partners across the federal government to:

  1. Spearhead actionable strategies for the national security health imperative
  2. Leverage federal and community-level ideas to improve overall implementation of effective policies
  3. Develop interagency initiatives focused on education and training, leadership development, and research and collaboration

The functions and activities of the Joint Medical Chair fall into four main categories

  1. Education and Leadership
  2. Health Strategy, Doctrine, and Policy Analysis
  3. Global Health
  4. Research

Across these four areas, the Joint Medical Chair advises the ASD/HA, NDU President, and NDU Provost on actionable strategies pertaining to the national security health imperative, leadership development, and interagency collaboration. To support these efforts, the Joint Medical Chair directs the Health Strategy Concentration at NDU, a year-long course for rising senior leaders to expose them to the connections between health and security in preparation for their next command or leadership role. The semi-annual Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable, co-hosted by ASD/HA and NDU, brings together leaders from across the health enterprise to discuss strategic health issues. The Chair also conducts research and produces abstracts, white papers, and articles for publication in academic journals and conferences.

Fort Lesley J. McNair, Lincoln Hall 1604, Washington DC 20319

jmc@ndu.edu | (202) 685-0816