NDIA Senior Fellow Alexis Lasselle Ross

Dr. Alexis Lasselle Ross

Senior Fellow

Alexis Lasselle Ross joined General Dynamics in March 2021 as the staff vice president for strategic planning. In this role, she supports General Dynamics’ leadership in managing critical issues and advises on U.S. government policy and national security priorities.

Prior to joining General Dynamics, Ross served for two decades in a variety of positions in both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. Most recently, she served as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper from 2019 to 2020, advising the secretary and ensuring execution of Department of Defense policy, programs, personnel, organizational structure, and external communications. During her tenure, she performed the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, leading the department’s healthcare and human resources systems during the early response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Ross served as the deputy assistant secretary of the army for strategy and acquisition reform from 2018-2019, where she designed and implemented improvements to the Army acquisition system.

Prior to her presidential appointments to the Department of Defense, Ross served on the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015 to 2018 as a professional staff member specializing in government acquisition policy. From 2013 to 2015, Ross worked at the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission as a deputy director responsible for designing alternatives to the DOD healthcare system. Prior to her work on the Commission, Ross served for seven years as a civil servant advising senior leadership on the Army Staff in the Pentagon. Ross began her career at the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives where she served in several capacities, including professional staff member, director of legislative operations, and analyst.

Ross received a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the Naval War College with a Master of Science degree in national security and strategic studies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Bucknell University.