Christine Wormuth

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Person.png Christine Wormuth  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Christine Wormuth official portrait.jpg
BornApril 19, 1969
La Jolla, California
Alma materWilliams College, University of Maryland
Member ofCenter for Strategic and International Studies, RAND/Notable Participants
US military bureaucrat who helped prepare the ground for more aggressive posture on Russia and China.

Employment.png United States Secretary of the Army

In office
May 28, 2021 - Present

Employment.png Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
June 23, 2014 - June 10, 2016
Succeeded byBrian P. McKeon

Christine Elizabeth Wormuth[1] is an American defense official and career civil servant who serves as the 25th and current United States Secretary of the Army.[2]

Wormuth previously was made Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2014 to 2016, then worked as the director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center.

Early life and education

Christine Elizabeth Wormuth[3] was born in the southern California community of La Jolla, north of San Diego. After growing up in College Station, Texas, she graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in political science before earning her master's in public policy from the University of Maryland.[4]


Wormuth entered government service as a Presidential Management Intern in 1995. She spent the next six and half years as a civil servant in the Defense Department. Later, she worked as a government consultant and then a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Before she was nominated Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Wormuth served in the National Security Council as the Special Assistant to the President and the Defense Policy and Strategy Senior Director.[5] From 2009 to 2010, Wormuth was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense.

Obama administration

Wormuth was nominated by president Barack Obama to serve as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.[6]

As under secretary, Wormuth shaped the U.S. military's counter-ISIS campaign, strengthened defense relationships with allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific, adjusted U.S. force posture in Afghanistan and placed greater emphasis on deterrence of Russia and China. In 2014, she led the Quadrennial Defense Review. At the National Security Council, Wormuth played a key role in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, which included the 'Pivot to Asia', and led a comprehensive effort to update nuclear weapons planning and employment guidance.[7]

Upon the conclusion of her tenure as Under Secretary, Wormuth was appointed as the director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center.[8]

Biden administration

In November 2020, Wormuth was named a volunteer member of the Joe Biden presidential transition Agency Review Team to support transition efforts related to the United States Department of Defense.[9]

On April 12, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Wormuth to serve as the 25th Secretary of the Army.[10] She is the first woman to serve in the position for the Army.[11][12] On April 15, 2021, her nomination was sent to the Senate.[3] On May 24, her nomination was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee by voice vote. Two days later, her nomination was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent, but Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, requested it vitiated, or rescinded, and her confirmation was subsequently reversed hours later. Schumer did not provide an immediate explanation for the action.[13] The following day, the issue was resolved and Wormuth was then officially confirmed on May 27, again by unanimous consent. She was sworn in the following day.[2]

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