Biden’s Deputy Defence Secy pick confirmed by Senate

The US Senate has confirmed Kathleen Hicks, President Joe Biden’s pick for Deputy Defence Secretary, making her the first woman to hold the position.

The Senate confirmed Hicks in a voice vote on Monday night about a week after her confirmation hearing, The Hill news website reported.

The Senate Armed Services Committee had approved Hicks on February 4

During the administration of former President Barack Obama, Hicks had served as a Deputy Under Secretary of Defence.

She also headed Biden’s Pentagon transition team.

When she will be sworn in, Hicks will be the first Senate-confirmed female Deputy Defence Secretary, though Christine Fox served as Acting Deputy Defence Secretaryfor six months in the Obama administration.