Monday, April 12, 2021

Biden Picks First Female Army Secretary

President Biden to Nominate, Christine Wormuth, as Secretary of the Army.

A move that would make her the First Woman to Oversee the Largest and Oldest of the U.S. Military Services.

Wormuth, who led Biden’s Transition Team for the Pentagon, is currently Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corp., a Federally Funded Think Tank that does Extensive Work for the Defense Department.

Wormuth, who would need to be Confirmed by the Senate, was Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, at the Pentagon from 2014 to 2016, and before that was Deputy Under Secretary for Strategy, Plans and Forces. In those Roles she shaped the Obama Administration’s Version of the Quadrennial Defense Review, a Broad Policy document.

The Army she would Lead faces Significant Challenges, including:

- Adapting to a Strategy Built around China as the Primary Global Threat to the U.S.

- Adopting New Technology such as Artificial Intelligence.

- Tackling Social Problems in the Ranks such as Sexual Assaults, Suicides, and Extremist Ideology.

Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, said in a statement that Wormuth’s “deep expertise will be critical in addressing and deterring today’s global threats, including the pacing challenge from China and nation-state threats emanating from Russia, Iran and North Korea.”

As Undersecretary for Policy, Wormuth, was a Regular at President Obama’s White House and focused on:

- The Campaign to Counter Islamic State.

- The Rebalance to the Indo-Pacific Region.

- U.S. Relations with Countries in: Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

In 2007, Wormuth served as the Staff Director for the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq, also known as the “Jones Commission.” She Traveled with the Commission to Iraq, focusing on the Readiness of Iraqi Police Forces.

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