| Kathleen Hicks |
|Born||September 25, 1970|
|Alma mater||Mount Holyoke College, University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Parents||William J. Holland|
|Member of||Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations/Members, Truman Center for National Policy|
US deputy secretary of defense since 2021, where she will lead the modernization of nuclear weapons. Also on the 2020 CSIS High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation.
Kathleen Holland Hicks is an American government official who has been United States deputy secretary of defense since February 9, 2021, where she will lead the modernization of the country's nuclear triad.
In 2012, Hicks was the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy during the Obama administration. By 2020 Hicks was an American academic and national security advisor working as a senior vice president and director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In October 2020, she was also on the Center for Strategic and International Studies-London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation, co-chaired by Heidi Larson and J. Stephen Morrison.
She completed an A.B. in history and politics at Mount Holyoke College in 1991. She graduated with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. In 1993, she earned a M.P.A. in national security studies at University of Maryland, College Park. Hicks completed a Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Her dissertation was titled Change Agents: Who Leads and Why in the Execution of US National Security Policy. Charles Stewart III was Hicks' doctoral advisor.
From 1993 to 2006, Hicks was a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service. She was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2006 to 2009, leading a variety of national security research projects.
During the Obama administration in 2009, Hicks was appointed deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and forces in 2009. In 2012, Hicks was the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy during the Obama administration. In that role, she was a liaison for the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and oversaw the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance. Hicks was a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on the Future of the Army. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of advisors for the Truman National Security Project and SoldierStrong.
Hicks formerly served as a senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the international security program at CSIS. She concurrently served as the Donald Marron scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. On December 30, 2020, Hicks was announced as U.S. president-elect Joe Biden's nominee for United States deputy secretary of defense. She appeared before the Senate Committee on Armed Services on February 2, 2021. She was confirmed by voice vote of the full Senate on February 8, 2021 and sworn into office on February 9, 2021.
- Hicks, Kathleen; Ridge, Eric (2007). Planning for Stability Operations: The Use of Capabilities-based Approaches. Center for Strategic and International Studies. ISBN 978-0-89206-515-8.
- Hicks, Kathleen H. (2008). Invigorating Defense Department Governance: A Beyond Goldwater-Nichols, Phase 4, Report. Center for Strategic and International Studies. ISBN 978-0-89206-528-8.
- Hicks, Kathleen H.; Wormuth, Christine E.; Ridge, Eric (2009). The Future of U.S. Civil Affairs Forces. Center for Strategic and International Studies. ISBN 978-0-89206-568-4.
- Alterman, Jon B.; Hicks, Kathleen H. (2015). Federated Defense in the Middle East. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-5881-5.
- Hicks, Kathleen H.; Metrick, Andrew; Samp, Lisa Sawyer; Weinberger, Kathleen (August 2, 2016). Undersea Warfare in Northern Europe. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-5968-3.
- Hicks, Kathleen H.; Samp, Lisa Sawyer (2017). Recalibrating U.S. Strategy toward Russia: A New Time for Choosing. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-8006-9.
- Hicks, Kathleen H.; Lauter, Louis; McElhinny, Colin (2018). Beyond the Water's Edge: Measuring the Internationalism of Congress. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-8088-5.
Event Participated in
|Call to Action: CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation||19 October 2020||19 October 2020||Strategic public-private master plan for medical censorship and vaccine persuasion.|
- Paul McCleary (2 Feb 2021) DepSecDef Will Run Most Missile Defense, Nuke Modernization; SecDef Recused
- Paul McCleary (24 Feb 2021) New Hicks Memo Sets Acquisition, Force Posture 2022 Budget Priorities Feb. 17 memo.
- Breaking Defense (19 Feb 2021) WHO’S WHO IN DEFENSE: KATHLEEN HICKS, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
- Call to Action: CSIS-LSHTM High-Level Panel on Vaccine Confidence and Misinformation, October 19, 2020 Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).