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April 2, 2009

Wormuth to Homeland Defense

Filed under: Homeland Defense — by Philip J. Palin on April 2, 2009

Earlier today Secretary of Defense Gates announced the appointment of Christine Wormuth as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense (homeland defense and America’s security affairs), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Washington, D.C. 

Ms. Wormuth is currently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  According to the biography from the CSIS website:

Christine Wormuth is a senior fellow in the International Security Program, where she works on defense and homeland security issues, including emergency response and preparedness challenges, homeland security policy development, defense strategy and resources, and the capabilities and readiness of the U.S. military. In 2007, she served as staff director for the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq, also known as “The Jones Commission.” As staff director, she traveled with the commission to Iraq and focused in particular on the readiness of Iraqi police forces. Her other projects include developing recommendations for America on better managing responses to future catastrophes (expected in early 2008) and a study on the future of the National Guard and Reserves, an 18-month project completed in July 2006 under the umbrella of the CSIS Beyond Goldwater-Nichols project. The National Guard study made more than more than 40 recommendations on issues such as future roles and missions of reserve components, how to organize, train, and equip them, and how the social compact with citizen-soldiers should change for the future. In 2005, Wormuth was a contributing author of the CSIS Beyond Goldwater-Nichols Phase II study, writing the chapter on elevating and strengthening homeland security policy.

Wormuth has held a variety of jobs in the defense world. She was a principal at DFI Government Services (now DeticaDFI), where she developed and managed projects for clients at the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. She has worked in the Policy Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was a French desk officer during and after the September 11 attacks, and was special assistant to the under secretary for policy. She worked on the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review Process and focused on a range of European issues. Wormuth received her masters in public policy from the University of Maryland, her bachelor’s degree from Williams College, and is a member of Women in International Security.

If the name seems especially familiar, I assigned one of Ms. Wormuth’s more recent publications as “homework” for today’s HSC hearing (below).

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