Christine Fox, former director of the Defense Department‘s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, has been appointed acting deputy defense secretary as the Pentagon continues to search for an individual to fill the role on a full-time basis, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday.
Gordon Lubold writes the process of identifying Ash Carter’s successor could take weeks or even months and Fox will serve in the position until the Pentagon identifies, vets and confirms a nominee.
Wednesday is Carter’s last day at the Pentagon and Fox will start in the role at midnight Thursday, Lubold reports.
The president can appoint a senior employee for senior positions under the Federal Vacancy Reform Act, if that person held a senior role in the department for at least 90 days within the last year, according to Foreign Policy.
Fox joined Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory earlier this summer as technical director after four years at CAPE, where she worked with senior Pentagon leaders to conduct the department’s Strategic Choices and Management Review.
She is also a former president of the Center for Naval Analyses, the Department of the Navy‘s federally-funded research and development center.