Oliver Fritz is the Principal Director in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy. In this capacity, he assists with enhancing the resilience of U.S. combat platforms and installations to kinetic, cyber, and political-economic disruptions to the assured supply of energy. In addition to managing the day to day operations of the office, Mr. Fritz oversees policy and governance initiatives to ensure the delivery of fuel and power where and when needed to execute the National Defense Strategy. As part of the initial cadre that stood up the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Defense for Operational Energy in 2010, he oversaw the development of policy and guidance that shaped how energy-related risks and capabilities are integrated into Joint concepts, requirements, and operations, and was the principal staff author of the Department’s 2016 Operational Energy Strategy. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Fritz was the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning at HQ U.S. Air Force, and directed force structure, organizational, and strategy analyses that shaped decisions and investments for a $120 billion organization. Previously, he was a Principal at DFI Government Services, where he led analytical teams in support of air power capabilities and concepts, readiness and operations, strategy development and execution, and organizational change across the Department of Defense, including multiple Quadrennial Defense Reviews.
Mr. Fritz received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Political Science from the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His master’s thesis concentrated on the organizational sources of divergent U.S. Navy and Air Force approaches to air power development and campaign planning.