WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after President-elect Biden announced Dr. Kathleen Hicks is his chosen nominee for Deputy Secretary of Defense and Dr. Colin Kahl is his chosen nominee for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
“Today, President-elect Biden has proven, yet again, that his administration will be comprised of capable, competent public servants whose experiences have equipped them for the tasks at hand, and whose backgrounds reflect the diversity that makes our country great.
“I have deep respect for both Dr. Hicks and Dr. Kahl and appreciate the breadth and depth of their respective experience in government service and beyond. At a time when our country faces myriad challenges that require impeccable organizational skills and sound counsel, their confirmation in these incredibly important roles will have tremendous and immediate impact – all in support of the incoming Secretary of Defense. I look forward to working with both Dr. Hicks and Dr. Kahl to provide our service members with the resources they need to keep our country safe, while shaping DOD policy for the better.”