The Special Assistant for Transportation Engineering (SATE) provides executive level oversight of the Programs for National Defense and advises the Commander SDDC on transportation engineering policy matters. The office of the SATE executes the programs for National Defense on behalf of DOD through the joint headquarters USTRANSCOM. The National Defense programs include: DOD Highways, Railroads, and Ports for National Defense Programs which develop defense transportation engineering policy in concert with USTRANSCOM and OSD. Additionally the office of the SATE is responsible for related transportation programs and services including the Defense Access Road Program, Traffic Engineering Program, Infrastructure Analysis Branch, and the Intelligent Road/Rail Information Server.
DoD Directive 4510.11, DoD Transportation Engineering, establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for DoD Transportation Engineering to SDDCTEA.
The Multi-Service Regulation AR 55-80, OPNNAVINST 11210.2, AFMAN 32-1017, MCO 11210.2D and DLAR 4500.19, DoD Transportation Engineering Program, defines the authority for these programs. Links to more details on each of the programs are below: