Christine Wormuth, Secretary of the Army

Christine Wormuth

Secretary of the Army

Christine Elizabeth Wormuth was born in April 1969 in San Diego, California. She earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts and received a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

She entered government service as a Presidential Management Intern in President Clinton’s administration, spending the next six and a half years as a civil servant in the Defense Department. Later, she worked as a government consultant and then as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

During President Obama’s administration, she served in the National Security Council as the Special Assistant to the President and the Defense Policy and Strategy Senior director. She became the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense. President Obama nominated her to serve as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. She was confirmed by the Senate in a voice vote. At the conclusion of her tenure, she was appointed the director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center.

President Joe Biden nominated Wormuth to serve as the Secretary of the Army, the first woman to hold that position. She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and assumed her position on May 28, 2021.

In the News…

The U.S. Army has awarded a $756 million contract to Lockheed Martin to supply the service with additional equipment. engineering support, and solutions for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon system (LRHW). The system is a mobile, ground-based, ultrafast, maneuverable missile launching system.

Known as the “Dark Eagle,” the LRHW was first deployed in April 2023. The system is heralded as a prominent addition to U.S. national security. The weapon, used to launch Common-Hypersonic Glide Body missiles designed by the Navy, is still in the process of becoming fully functional. Once it is operational, the Army expects missiles launched by the system, to reach speeds of up to Mach 17.

Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth originally announced the first battery of LRHW training a year ago as part of the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force.


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