President Joe Biden is set to nominate Christine Wormuth, a senior former Pentagon official, for Secretary of the Army. If Wormuth is confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman to serve in this position.
“Christine is a true patriot with a dedicated career in service to America and our nation’s security. As the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Christine advanced the department’s counter-ISIS campaign and the rebalance to Asia, and her deep expertise will be critical in addressing and determining today’s global threats, including the pacing challenge from China and nation-state threats emanating from Russia, Iran, and North Korea,” Lloyd Austin, Defense Secretary, said.
“I have no doubt that if confirmed she will lead our soldiers and represent their families with honor and integrity as the secretary of the Army,” Austin added.
Prior to working at the White House under President Barack Obama’s administration, Wormuth worked as the deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans, and force development.
Wormuth’s nomination would continue a Biden trend of choosing women and people of color for top Defense Department jobs. Austin is the first Black secretary of defense, and Kathleen Hicks is the first woman to hold the job of deputy defense secretary.