Thursday, April 29, 2021

Cuban-Born Veteran Leading Contender for Navy Secretary

The Administration is focused on picking a Person of Color for the Navy Job, and recently been considering Two Latino People for Navy Secretary.

Carlos Del Toro, a Cuban-born Navy Veteran and CEO of a Tech Solutions Company, SBG Technology Solutions, and President of the White House Fellows Foundation, is the Leading Contender.

Juan Garcia, a former Member of the Texas House of Representatives who oversaw Manpower and Reserve Affairs for the Navy Department, in the Obama Administration.

If either is Confirmed, they would be among the most Senior Latino People at the Defense Department and only the Second Latino Person to become Navy Secretary. The First was Eduardo Hidalgo, who held the Post during the Carter Administration.

Members of both Parties are anxious for Biden to pick a permanent Navy leader as the Administration weighs a Massive Expansion of the Fleet unveiled in the waning months of the Trump Administration and prepares a Fiscal 2022 Budget that will have to Balance costly Shipbuilding Programs with Major Programs from other Services.

"We're really anxiously looking for the day when we have a secretary of Navy in the saddle to sort of help with the highly competitive environment ... in the budget space," Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT, 2nd District), Chair of the House Armed Services Seapower Panel, said in an Event.

"That's a critical position, particularly, again, with the strategic needs of our country," he added. "Career officials find it very difficult to make sort of those high-level decisions about priority and policy."

The Panel's Top Republican, Rep. Rob Wittman (VA, 1st District), argued the Individual Military Branches need "certainty" headed into the Budget Process.

"All the service branches ... need leadership and direction there. It can't all come from the Pentagon because there are unique elements of each of the service branches where you need a secretary there to be leading that effort," Wittman said.

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