| Christine Wormuth |
|Born||April 19, 1969|
La Jolla, California
|Alma mater||Williams College, University of Maryland|
|Member of||Center for Strategic and International Studies/Board and Staff, RAND/Notable Participants|
Early life and education
Christine Elizabeth Wormuth 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.
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. From 2009 to 2010, Wormuth was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense.
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.
On April 12, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Wormuth to serve as the 25th Secretary of the Army. She is the first woman to serve in the position for the Army. On April 15, 2021, her nomination was sent to the Senate. 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confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent, but Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, requested it vitiated, or rescinded, and her confirmation was subsequently reversed hours later.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. 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.