Biden chooses Kathleen Hicks as the first female Deputy Secretary of Defense

US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Kathleen Hicks, the deputy defense secretary, to be the first woman to hold the position if the Senate approves the nomination.

Hicks leads Biden’s transition team at the Pentagon and is a former department official who recently worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington.

Biden announced earlier this month that retired general Lloyd Austin, who was overseeing US forces in the Middle East under former President Barack Obama, had been chosen for the position of Defense Secretary in his administration.

In a statement, Biden announced the selection of Hicks, his candidate for the second-largest position in the Pentagon, and Colin Cale, his former national security adviser, for the third-largest position in the ministry.