WASHINGTON — A woman may serve as secretary of the Army in the Department of Defense for the first time.
President Joe Biden will tap Christine Wormuth, a former adviser for the Defense Department during former President Barack Obama’s terms in office, to helm a branch of the military that is under scrutiny amid several recent events, including the riot at the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6. Pentagon officials allegedly delayed authorization to deploy National Guard troops to quell the attacks, according to testimony from the head of the District of Columbia National Guard.
The Defense Department has also been criticized for unchecked sexual harassment and assault on some military bases and systemic failures in addressing sexual assault complaints.
Here’s what to know about Christine Wormuth:
She is an international security expert
Wormuth directs the the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND Corporation, a public policy research organization, where she is also a senior fellow. She writes and speaks about foreign policy, national and homeland security in the role.
She joined the Obama administration in 2009
Wormuth served as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and civil support, according to The White House. Per her LinkedIn page, Wormuth was promoted to special assistant to the president and senior director for defense in 2010. Four years later, the U.S. Senate confirmed her as the under secretary of defense for policy, according to a Defense Department biography. Wormuth’s chief duty was principal staff assistant to former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and former Deputy Secretary Ash Carter in developing national security and defense policy and oversight of national security objectives.
She served as staff director of ‘The Jones Commission’
The commission was designed to conduct an independent assessment of Iraqi Security Forces during former President George W. Bush’s second term in office. ISF was evaluated on its ability to secure Iraq’s 18 provinces, deny terrorists a safe haven and bring an end to sectarian violence, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies. As staff director, Wormuth traveled to Iraq to assess the readiness of Iraqi police forces, according to the Defense Department.
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Source: USA Today