Obama Names Hicks, Chollet to Pentagon Leadership Posts

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President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks and Derek H. Chollet to leadership positions at the Defense Department, the White House announced Friday.

The president chose Hicks as principal deputy under secretary for policy and Chollet as assistant secretary for international security affairs.

Hicks is currently deputy under secretary for strategy, plans and resources and Chollet is currently senior director for the White House’s national security staff.

From 1993 to 2006, she served the department as director for policy planning and as director of homeland security strategic planning and program integration.

She rejoined the department in 2009 after serving as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for three years.

From 2009 to 2011, Chollet served in the State Department as principal deputy planner in the department’s policy planning office.

He previously was a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security from 2007 to 2009.

He also served as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution’s global economy and development program from 2006 to 2009.

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