He serves as the principal staff assistant and adviser to the secretary of defense for all budgetary and fiscal matters, including the development and execution of the Defense Department’s annual budget.
Prior to this role, McCord served for 5 years as the principal deputy under secretary of defense (comptroller).
Prior to joining the DoD, he spent 21 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as a professional staff member from 1987-2002 and from 2004 to January 2009.
McCord served on the SASC full committee staff beginning in 1987 and also, starting in 1995, as the minority or majority staff lead on the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.
During 2003, he served as the budget analyst on defense and veterans issues for the House Budget Committee, where his primary focus was on the cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
McCord began his career as an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.
He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from the Ohio State University.