Biden names of hundreds of White House appointees

President-elect Joe Biden has appointed more than 100 White House appointees, said the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team.

“With today’s announcement, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris surpass their goal to name over 100 members of our White House team.

“This diverse and talented group not only looks like America but will deliver results for working families on day one,” the team tweeted shortly after Biden nominated Kathleen Hicks to be deputy secretary of defense on Wednesday.

Hicks, head of Biden’s Pentagon Transition Team, served in the Defense Department under former President Barack Obama, including as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Forces.

She is currently a think tank at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Biden, who takes office on January 20, also named another civilian, Colin Kahl, who also served in the Obama administration, a senior Pentagon post.

Kahl was nominated as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

“They know the Pentagon inside and out and are well-positioned to take on the full sweep of challenges facing our armed forces,” Biden said in a statement, including “restoring our alliances.”

Biden has nominated a retired general, Lloyd Austin, as Secretary of Defense.

Another woman, Christine Fox, served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for six months under Obama until her retirement in 2014, but was not appointed to the Senate.

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