Committee Hearing for No. 2 Pentagon Role Next Week

Except that Robert Work hasn’t officially been nominated yet.

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Jordain Carney
Feb. 7, 2014, 8:46 a.m.

The Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee will con­sider Robert Work’s nom­in­a­tion next week to be deputy De­fense sec­ret­ary. There’s just one prob­lem: Work hasn’t of­fi­cially been nom­in­ated yet.

The choice of Work to fill the No. 2 spot in the Pentagon isn’t a sur­prise. News broke earli­er this week that Work, who cur­rently serves as the chief ex­ec­ut­ive at the Cen­ter for a New Amer­ic­an Se­cur­ity, would be nom­in­ated and the an­nounce­ment is con­sidered em­in­ent.

Work will have his con­firm­a­tion hear­ing Thursday, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the com­mit­tee. If con­firmed he would re­place Act­ing Deputy Sec­ret­ary Christine Fox, who stepped in­to the role in Decem­ber.

When asked about the com­mit­tee mak­ing an an­nounce­ment be­fore the White House, a staffer for Chair­man Carl Lev­in said they were try­ing to sort things out.

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