NDIA offers statement on Kathleen Hicks' confirmation


ARLINGTON, VA -- The National Defense Industrial Association and its affiliate Women in Defense offer the following statement on Kathleen Hicks, confirmed Feb. 8 as deputy defense secretary:

NDIA and WID extend sincere congratulations to Kathleen Hicks, the new U.S. deputy secretary of defense and the first Senate-confirmed female to serve in this position.

Hicks was approved by voice vote, an exceptional indication of confidence in her capabilities and leadership. NDIA also commends the Senate on a smooth and expeditious confirmation process.

Hicks previously served as senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as director of their International Security Program. Her extensive background in defense makes her an ideal pick for her new role. She served as a principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy under the Obama administration and received multiple distinguished service awards for her contributions to defense.

During her confirmation hearing, Hicks proved that her sound understanding of issues facing the defense industrial base, as well as the warfighter, made her a clear choice for the position. She shared her ideas in areas such as Navy shipbuilding, improving NATO alliances, nuclear modernization and eagerness to find innovative solutions to carrying out the National Defense Strategy under the Biden administration.

“Having watched Secretary Hicks through several positions over many years, I know she is exceptionally qualified to serve in this position,” said NDIA President and CEO Hawk Carlisle. "I look forward to working closely with her to strengthen the national security of the United States, our allies and our partners.”

NDIA and WID are excited to work with Hicks and the Defense Department to provide our nation with the most lethal warfighters capable of defeating any adversary at any time on any domain.



About NDIA

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America's leading defense industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between industry and government on national security issues. NDIA and its members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training, and support for warfighters and first responders through its divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations, and events. For more information, visit NDIA.org

About WID

Women In Defense (WID), a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Affiliate, engages, cultivates and advances women in all aspects of national security. Incorporated in 1985, Women In Defense provides members a business environment for professional growth through strategic networking, education, and career development. This national alliance is comprised of women and men from industry and defense organizations of every size; all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; Government agencies, academia, think tanks, associations, and professional services.