Biden chooses Kathleen Hicks, the first woman to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense

US President-elect Joe Biden nominated, today (Wednesday), Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of defense, to be the first woman to hold this position if the Senate approves the nomination, according to the Reuters news agency.
Hicks leads Biden‘s transition team at the Pentagon, a former department official, and most recently worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington.
Biden announced earlier this month, the selection of retired general Lloyd Austin, who was overseeing US forces in the Middle East during the era of former President Barack Obama, for the position of Defense Secretary in his administration.
Biden announced, in a statement, that Hicks had been nominated for the second-largest position in the Pentagon, and Colin Cale, his former national security adviser, for the third-largest position in the department.

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