Morgan Plummer serves as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University and Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Security Technology Accelerator Program (NSTA/MD5) at the US Department of Defense.
Prior to joining NSTA/MD5, Plummer served as a senior defense official in the Obama administration, departing in April 2016 as the senior advisor to the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. As the senior public policy advisor and principal deputy to the department’s chief human resource officer, Plummer oversaw a bold set of sweeping and progressive reforms. Plummer has been awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his work. Previously in the Obama administration, he served as the special assistant and deputy chief of the staff to the undersecretary and chief management officer of the U.S. Army. While there, he focused on strategic planning, improving the organizational design of the Army’s headquarters and improving its business processes.
Plummer joined the Obama administration after almost 12 years on active duty in the United States Army, where he served in a variety of command and staff assignments. He has completed multiple combat deployments to Iraq, been awarded numerous meritorious service and achievement medals, decorated for valor and served on the immediate staffs of two deputy secretaries of defense. He continues to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Plummer holds degrees from Michigan State University and Georgetown University and currently resides in Arlington, VA.