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Joe Biden nominates first female deputy defense secretary


#President-elect #Joe #Biden nominated #Kathleen #Hicks to be deputy secretary of defense, making her the first woman to hold the number two position in the #Pentagon, if she is confirmed by the #Senate.

#Ms #Hicks, who is heading #Biden’s transition team at the #Pentagon, served in the #Defense #Department under former president #Barack #Obama, including as deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces.

#She is currently at the #Center for #Strategic and #International #Studies think tank in #Washington.

CSIS #President and CEO #John J. #Hamre said #Ms #Hicks will flourish in the role.

“I held that job and know what it takes to succeed. #Dr. #Hicks is a superb choice for this important job. #She has the discipline, intellect, and organizational skill to make the #Department work effectively for the #Secretary.

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“#She has a strong moral compass and a keen commitment to the success of the #Department and the well-being of its military and civilian personnel. I am very pleased that #President-elect #Biden has selected her.”

#In a message posted on #Twitter, #Ms #Hicks said she would welcome the opportunity to work with #Joe #Biden and #Kamala #Harris.

#Mr #Biden, who takes office on #January 20, also named another civilian, #Colin #Kahl, who also served in the #Obama administration, to a senior #Pentagon post.

#Mr #Kahl was nominated to be undersecretary of defense for policy.

“They know the #Pentagon inside and out and are well-positioned to take on the full sweep of challenges facing our armed forces,” #Biden said in a statement, including “restoring our alliances.”

#Mr #Biden has nominated a retired general, #Lloyd #Austin, to be defense secretary.

#Another woman, #Christine #Fox, served as acting deputy secretary of defense for six months under #Obama until her retirement in 2014 but she was not put up for #Senate confirmation.



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