Andrew Marshall, the 93-year-old director of the Defense Department‘s Office of Net Assessment, will retire in January following 41 years at the helm of DoD’s internal advisory board, Defense News reported Friday.
Vago Muradian and Paul McLeary report that Marshall, who founded ONA in 1973, has helped shape defense strategy and policy and mentored several prominent figures in defense and national security.
The report said DoD sustained funding for ONA amid a reorganization at the Office of the Secretary of Defense late last year.
DoD placed the office under the wing of the defense undersecretary for policy, after years of independent operations and direct reports to the defense secretary.
“Andy is so unique and so idiosyncratic in his style that I wouldn’t try to replicate him, but attempt to find someone with his virtues of far-sightedness, rock solid integrity, and original thought,” said Richard Danzig, vice chairman of RAND and member of the Defense Policy Board.
“In order for [ONA] to perform successfully, you need a person who understands the analytic approach to net assessment,” added Andrew Krepinevich, president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.