12 Facts About Kathleen Hicks


Kathleen Hicks is the first Senate-confirmed woman in this role.


Kathleen Hicks is the highest ranking woman currently serving in the United States Department of Defense.


Kathleen Hicks's dissertation was titled Change Agents: Who Leads and Why in the Execution of US National Security Policy.


From 1993 to 2006, Kathleen Hicks was a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service.


Kathleen Hicks was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2006 to 2009, leading a variety of national security research projects.


In 2012, Kathleen Hicks was the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy during the Obama administration.


Kathleen Hicks was a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on the Future of the Army.


Kathleen Hicks is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of advisors for the Truman National Security Project and SoldierStrong.


Kathleen Hicks concurrently served as the Donald Marron scholar at the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


On December 30,2020, Kathleen Hicks was announced as US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for the United States deputy secretary of defense.


Kathleen Hicks appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 2,2021.


Kathleen Hicks was confirmed by voice vote by the full Senate on February 8,2021 and sworn into office on February 9,2021.