President Barack Obama has appointed Christine Fox to serve as acting deputy defense secretary, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Dec. 3.
Fox is scheduled to take over the reins today, as Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter steps down after serving in that capacity since October 2011.
Fox will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in DOD. Most recently, she was director of DOD’s cost assessment and program evaluation, a role she assumed Nov. 3, 2009.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Center for Naval Analyses, and as the scientific analyst to the chief of naval operations. Before being tapped as CNA president, Fox was the vice president and director of CNA’s operations evaluation.
In a Dec. 3 announcement, Hagel called Fox “a brilliant defense thinker and proven manager.”
“As a key leader of the Strategic Choices and Management Review, she helped identify the challenges, choices and opportunities for reform facing the department during this period of unprecedented budget uncertainty,” Hagel said.