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2015 still from Center for Strategic & International Studies Military Strategy Forum: Christine E. Wormuth, then Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

President Biden nominated Christine Wormuth to serve as Secretary of the Army. Should Wormuth be confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first woman to serve as the Army’s civilian chief.

She served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy under the Obama administration – the third-highest civilian post within the Defense Department. She also held the position as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.


Prior to joining the White House, she was a senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. She now is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, and is an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University.

Biden also nominated Gilbert Cisneros to serve as the Pentagon’s civilian chief of personnel and readiness. A former enlisted sailor, Cisneros was commissioned as a naval officer after receiving an ROTC scholarship in 1994.

While representing California a member of Congress, Cisneros served on both the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees. He and his wife Jacki have a record of championing Latino causes. Responding to the death of Army Spec. Vanessa Guillen at Fort Hood, Texas, last year, Cisneros worked with colleagues to introduce a measure that would make sexual harassment a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.