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Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Department of Defense Nominations


Location: Washington, DC

The committee meets today to consider the nominations of Robert Work, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense; Michael McCord, to be Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller. Christine Wormuth, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Brian McKeon, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; David Shear to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; and Eric Rosenbach, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense.

I thank everyone for their understanding of the scheduling difficulties we have faced between last week's snow storm, this morning's floor votes, and the need to shift the hearing to a 9:00 start.

We welcome our nominees and their families and thank them for the support they provide out nominees. Our nominees should feel free during their opening statements to introduce the family members who are here to support them today.

I am also pleased to welcome two dear friends and former Chairmen of this Committee, Senators Nunn and Warner, who are here to introduce two of our nominees. Senator Nunn and Senator Warner have an extraordinary record of public service, including, between the two of them, more than 50 years of service on this committee. By the way, Senator Warner first appeared before the committee 45 years almost to the day, for a February 6, 1969, hearing on his nomination to the position of Under Secretary of the Navy.

Mr. Work is well-known to us from his service as Undersecretary of the Navy from 2009 until 2013.

Mr. McCord has spent almost 30 years in service to his country, including 5 years as DOD's Deputy Comptroller. Before that, of course, Mike spent 21 years on the staff of this committee. Many of us remember his great expertise, work ethic, and commitment, which qualify him so well for this job.

Ms. Wormuth has served in senior national security positions in the Executive Branch from 1996 to 2002 and from 2009 to the present, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for Defense Policy and Strategy and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Force Development.

Mr. McKeon has spent the majority of his 29-year career in national security affairs, including 12 years on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he is currently the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council.

Mr. Shear has spent his 31-year career in the Foreign Service, and serves currently as the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam.

Mr. Rosenbach has held a variety of national security-related positions in academia and in the private sector, and has served his country as an intelligence officer in the Army, as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.

The security challenges we face as a nation are complex and growing, and our nominees will be asked to manage them in a time of decreased budgetary resources and increased budgetary uncertainty. I believe they are all well-qualified to do so.

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