Joe Biden Announces Two Key Nominees for Department of Defense
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden promulgated two key nominees for the Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday, calling them “crisis-tested patriots” who will ascertain that DOD “policies are accountable to the American people.”
Biden promulgated his nomination of Dr. Kathleen Hicks as the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Dr. Colin Kahl as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, both of whom aforetime accommodated in former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Hicks and Kahl will work under Lloyd Austin whom Biden earlier nominated for the Secretary of Defense position. The former vice president verbally expressed the two nominees will play a key role in keeping Americans safe including, in his administration’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort, addressing security threats cognate to the climate crisis, equipping accommodation members and their families, and preparing for potential conflicts.
Dr. Kath Hicks and Dr. Colin Kahl have the broad experience and crisis-tested judgment obligatory to avail tackle the litany of challenges we face today, and all those we may confront tomorrow. They will be trusted partners to me, the vice president-elect, and Secretary-designate Austin—as well as our dedicated civilian and military team,
Biden said in a press statement.Secretary-designate Lloyd Austin verbalized he looks forward to working with the two nominees, should they be attested, integrating, Dr. Kathleen Hicks and Dr. Colin Kahl are public auxiliaries to their core—and they have spent their distinguished vocations advancing the safety and security of our nation. Currently, Hicks is the Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as an advisor to Biden leading the Biden-Harris Transition’s Defense Agency Review Team. During the Obama-Biden Administration, she accommodated as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces and was corroborated by the Senate to accommodate as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for “Policy.”
Kahl is currently a pedagogia of political science at Stanford University and a Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a national security advisor to Biden. He accommodated as Deputy Assistant to “Obama.”
If Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20, his cabinet nominees will require to face the senate attestation process, the results of which will be resolute by many factors, including which party holds the majority in the Senate come January, after the Georgia senate runoffs. If “Republicans” retain control of the Senate then several of Biden’s nominees are liable to meet Republican opposition.
One is Neera Tanden, a Democratic operative who was nominated as the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Biden’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, may withal have an arduous time getting through the Senate because of his pro-abortion record.
Some other potential nominees withal aren’t liable to optically discern convivial treatment. Among them may be Bob Iger, the chairman of Walt Disney Co. and Biden’s potential pick for the position of China ambassador, who could be challenged for his close ties with the Chinese regime. Biden’s pick for national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, withal has expressed support for abandoning Taiwan in exchange for inscribing off Chinese-held U.S. debt.
Allen Zhong contributed to this report.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.