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Defense Dept. Policy Nominees Speak to the Senate Armed Services Committee

Christine Wormuth
Christine Wormuth

Christine Wormuth and Brian McKeon, nominees for policy roles at the Defense Department, have presented their visions for the future of the military at a Senate confirmation hearing, American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Wormuth and McKeon have been nominated to the respective roles of undersecretary for policy and principal deputy undersecretary for policy.

Wormuth told the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that she will work with Congress and the executive branch to further the country’s national security programs, if confirmed, according to the report.

She said she would support Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in “building and sustaining strong defense relationships with countries around the world with the goal of preventing crises wherever possible, and ensuring our military is ready to respond to crises if needed.”

Wormuth started her civil service career by joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1995, AFPS reports.

Cronk writes that McKeon also told the hearing that he will work with DoD to maintain negotiations with Congress, if confirmed.

“An important priority would be to focus on our human capital,” he told the committee.

McKeon worked in the Senate for 20 years and has served as executive secretary and chief of staff of the National Security Council for five years, the report says.

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