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Biden will nominate first woman to serve as deputy defense secretary

Biden will nominate first woman to serve as deputy defense secretary
President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Pentagon official Kathleen Hicks to serve as the first female deputy defense secretary.

Biden will nominate first woman to serve as deputy defense secretary In a Jan.10, 2017 photo, Kathleen Hicks, then director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, testifies as an expert witness during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on a possible waiver for Jim Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense.CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Pentagon official Kathleen Hicks to serve as the first female deputy defense secretary, saying he wanted someone who knows the department "inside and out" to help restore order to an agency he says was cast into disarray by President Donald Trump.board member who Biden has tapped to be secretary of Defense.

Kahl, a professor at Stanford University, has served in a number of Pentagon roles, most recently as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East at the beginning of the Obama administration.Kelly Magsamen, a former National Security Council and Pentagon staffer now at the Center for American Progress, will serve as chief of staff to the secretary of defense, according to a person familiar with the decision.

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