13 Jan. 2017
Defense Secretary Ash Carter today presented Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work with the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award, during a recognition ceremony at the Pentagon.
Carter said the department was recognizing Work “for his outstanding work and partnership [and] his visionary leadership and management of the defense enterprise as deputy. And, I’m going to repay in small measure a great personal debt and award him our highest civilian honor — DoD’s Distinguished Public Service Award.”
Work, who will stay on until the incoming administration’s deputy defense secretary is confirmed, was named in the award citation as leading the third offset strategy’s development and the department’s crucial effort to maintain conventional deterrence.
He also was praised for driving the department to strengthen defense analysis, cultivate innovative concepts and pursue advanced capabilities. Work also guided DoD through three planning, programming, budgeting and execution cycles, “fashioning a defense program that assured U.S. military superiority for years to come,” the citation read.
Work implemented more than $7.9 billion in management reforms, headed the Nuclear Deterrence Enterprise Review Group, the Women in Service review, the Force of the Future implementation group, and the Military Health System review. He led three ministerial-level multilateral engagements with the Nordic and Baltic countries and focused the department on emerging cyber, space and electronic warfare threats, according to the citation.