Christine Fox to Step In as Acting Deputy Defense Secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the move is effective as of Thursday.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pauses as he speaks during a news briefing on the impact of the sequestration to the Department of Defense March 1, 2013.
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Jordain Carney
Dec. 3, 2013, 5:43 a.m.

De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel an­nounced Tues­day morn­ing that Pres­id­ent Obama has fol­lowed his re­com­mend­a­tion to ap­point Christine Fox as act­ing deputy De­fense sec­ret­ary. 

“I am grate­ful that she has agreed to re­turn to the De­part­ment of De­fense, pending the nom­in­a­tion and con­firm­a­tion of a per­man­ent suc­cessor to Deputy Sec­ret­ary [Ashton] Carter,” Hagel said in a state­ment. Fox will start Thursday. She was pre­vi­ously at the De­fense De­part­ment as the dir­ect­or of Cost As­sess­ment and Pro­gram Eval­u­ation but left the Pentagon earli­er this year. 

Hagel said that be­cause of Fox’s ex­per­i­ence, “she will be able to help me shape our pri­or­it­ies from day one,” adding that Fox “knows the in­tric­a­cies of the de­part­ment’s budget, pro­grams, and glob­al op­er­a­tions bet­ter than any­one.” 

Carter is leav­ing the de­part­ment Wed­nes­day. 

A seni­or De­fense of­fi­cial told For­eign Policy that they are “get­ting close” to mak­ing a fi­nal de­cision on a per­man­ent re­place­ment for the po­s­i­tion of deputy De­fense sec­ret­ary. 

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