Wormuth most recently led the Biden Pentagon Agency’s review team through one of the most controversial crossings in modern history and has served in the Policy Office at the Pentagon and outside of the Pentagon since her civil service career began in 1996.
Wormuth took over the leadership of the transition team from Kathleen Hicks, who bowed to focus on the verification process after being named number 2 in the Pentagon. Wormuth also co-chaired a defense working group for the Biden campaign.
After a stint at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Wormuth returned to the Pentagon in early 2009 as Political Officer for Homeland Security. In 2010 she moved to the National Security Council, where she led defense policy and strategy before returning to the Pentagon in 2012 as Deputy Department of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Force Development. In that position, she led the division’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. She rose to take the top political position in the Pentagon in 2014.
As political head of the Pentagon, Wormuth worked to make Obama’s lynchpin for the Asia-Pacific region a reality and, together with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who was the commander of the US Central Command at the time, shaped the US military’s campaign against the IS. Together, Wormuth and Austin survived an expensive Syrian fighters training program that spent $ 500 million but trained only a handful of fighters.
Wormuth was most recently director of the international center for security and defense policy in Rand.
After his official nomination, Wormuth would be the seventh person in the new government to be won for a senior position. The Senate has already confirmed Austin and Hicks and is considering the appointment of Colin Kahl as political chief. The administration also recently nominated people for the top acquisition, control and intelligence positions.