secretary talking on the phone

Executive Support Branch

The Executive Support Branch's (ESB) mission is to provide a variety of executive support services to the Immediate Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and the DoD Executive Secretary. ESB manages pending Secretary and Deputy Secretary correspondence actions. This branch reviews Info Memos and Action Memos to ensure it meets the guidelines in DoD 5110.4-M, Manual for Written Material.

ESB is the primary OSD point of contact for:

  • All issues relating to SecDef and DepSecDef Correspondence
  • Correspondence Management Reports
  • DoD Manual for Written Material, DoD 5110.4-M
  • Listing of addressees and addressing DoD memorandums

Records & Logistics Branch

photo of person filing records

The Records and Logistics Branch's (RLB) mission is to provide the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense with correspondence and mail service. RLB is responsible for the orderly and systematic control, digitization, and safeguarding of paper and digital copies of official correspondence for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and the DoD Executive Secretariat, including the preparation and maintenance of the official digital correspondence library (Chronicle of Tenure).

RLB also manages an Image Capture Section as well as the Mail Distribution Center. This branch is responsible for managing digital correspondence tasks, information sharing, website development, and information technology management. RLB conducts business process engineering studies and performs functional and system analysis. Additionally, RLB is tasked with continued development and implementation of new and revised information sharing capabilities affecting OSD Components and Defense Agencies.

Correspondence Analysis Branch

The Correspondence Analysis Branch’s (CAB) mission is to provide the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense with correspondence control, dispatch, and tasking services. CAB also provides suspense management support for the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense via the Suspense Desk.

CAB controls, tasks, and distributes incoming correspondence from DoD, the White House, Congress, outside agencies, foreign governments, and others. CAB dispatches Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Executive Secretary correspondence and maintains an accountable record of delivery. CAB also provides White House Liaison support to the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Classified Support Branch

The Classified Support Branch’s (CSB) mission is to provide the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense with classified correspondence and document services to include processing and tasking of Sensitive Compartmented Information items, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NAT0) items, and Alternative Compensatory Control Measure (ACCM) items.

Service does not include Special Access Program (SAP). SAP items will be processed by the OSD Special Programs Offices.

CSB also provides courier service every hour to the Offices of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and the DoD Executive Secretary.

Learn more about CMD's...

Click to view CMD Mission
Click to view CMD Organization
Click to view CMD Contact Information