Biden Appoints Hicks, Kahl to Defense Posts

  • Since November, Dr. Hicks has spearheaded Mr. Biden’s transition efforts at the Pentagon.
  • Dr. Colin Kahl, who was Biden's national security adviser when he was the Vice President in the Obama Administration, will be proposed as undersecretary of defense for policy.
  • Mr. Biden’s transition team has called this team “historic,” and has said that it “breaks barriers” because of its diversity.

Joe Biden continues to build his incoming cabinet. In his latest series of appointments, Mr. Biden has appointed former Pentagon official Dr. Kathleen Hicks as Deputy Secretary of Defense in his incoming administration. If confirmed, she would make history as the first woman to hold that position.

Yesterday, Joe Biden announced his nomination of Dr. Kathleen Hicks as the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Dr. Colin Kahl as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Dr. Hicks, who previously held senior positions at the Pentagon during the Barack Obama Administration as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, is currently the director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think tank.

Additionally, since November, Dr. Hicks has spearheaded Mr. Biden’s transition efforts at the Pentagon as head of the team that reviews Department of Defense policies.

Colin Kahl, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

Mr. Biden, via his transition transition team, has also announced in a statement that Dr. Colin Kahl, who was his national security adviser when he was the Vice President in the Obama Administration, will be proposed as undersecretary of defense for policy. Both appointments will however have to be confirmed by the Senate before the said officials take over their roles officially.

“Dr. Kath Hicks and Dr. Colin Kahl have the broad experience and crisis-tested judgment necessary to help tackle the litany of challenges we face today, and all those we may confront tomorrow,” Mr. Biden said in a statement.

“These respected, accomplished Civilian Leaders will help lead the Department of Defense with Integrity and Resolve, safeguard the lives and INTERESTS of the American people,” he added.

Dr. Kahl, who oversaw Middle East affairs at the Pentagon, is currently co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University in California. Within the Pentagon, he was also involved in the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Iran’s containment policy, and strengthening military ties with Israel, according to Mr. Biden’s transition team.

Then-Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks to Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks at the Center for Strategic International Studies, Washington, D.C., Jan. 25, 2018.

A “Diverse Team” that “Breaks Barriers”

With the appointment of Dr. Hicks and Dr. Kahl, Mr. Biden has achieved his goal of appointing “100 incoming White House staff” by the end of the year, predominantly women and members of minorities.

Mr. Biden’s transition team has called this team “historic,” and has said that it “breaks barriers” because of its diversity.

They said it creates “an Administration that looks like America and is ready to deliver results to working families from the beginning.”

According to Mr. Biden’s team, 20% of the appointed staff are first-generation immigrants and 54% are members of minorities, while 61% are women. Also, people from the LGBTIQ+ community represent 11% of all the incoming staff of the White House.

“From the beginning, Vice President-elect Harris and I have sought to build an administration that looks like America. Building a diverse team will lead to better outcomes and more effective solutions to address the urgent crises facing our nation,” Mr. Biden said in a statement.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said that to meet unprecedented challenges facing the American people, an administration should be built that reflects the very best of the country.

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