As defined in DoD Directive 5101.1, the DoD Executive Agent (EA) is the head of
a DoD Component to whom the Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense
has assigned specific responsibilities, functions, and authorities to provide defined
levels of support for operational missions, or administrative or other designated
activities that involve two or more of the DoD Components.
The nature and scope of the DoD Executive Agent’s responsibilities, functions,
and authorities are prescribed at the time of assignment and remain in effect until the
Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense revokes or supersedes them.
The DoD Executive Agent may delegate, to a subordinate designee within that official's Component, the authority to act on that official's behalf for any or all of those DoD Executive Agent responsibilities, functions, and authorities assigned by the Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
In addition to its Executive Agent responsibilities, the Army has many other authorities than Executive Agents that are assigned by a DoD Directive, United States Code, or
another authority source.
To access a list of authorities for which the Army is a DoD Executive
Agent, go to DoD Executive Agent.
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