President-elect Joe Biden named Kathleen Hicks as assistant secretary of defense on Wednesday. This makes her the first woman to hold number two in the Pentagon when approved by the Senate.
Hicks, who leads Biden’s transition team at the Pentagon, served in the Department of Defense under former President Barack Obama as deputy undersecretary of state for strategy, plans and armed forces.
She is currently working at the think tank of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, also appointed another civilian, Colin Kahl, who also served in the Obama administration, to a senior Pentagon post.
Kahl was appointed Undersecretary of State for Defense Policy.
“You know the Pentagon inside and out and are well positioned to meet any challenges facing our armed forces,” Biden said in a statement, including “restoring our alliances.”
Biden has appointed a retired general, Lloyd Austin, as Secretary of Defense.
Another woman, Christine Fox, served as Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for six months until her retirement in 2014 but was not admitted for Senate approval.
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