MTT TL, my point was simply that as worded, without further definition, it's not clear what a military commander or senior defense department director would be.
Is it a base commander? A unit CO or OIC?
Or is it a theater commander (IE unified command, combatant command, type command....)?
This could range from an O-3 to an O-9 or O-10, or a GS-12 to an SES position.
I'm not trying to give you a hard time, I just dislike laws and regulations that are not written very clearly.