Today, I am announcing that President Obama has accepted my recommendation that he appoint Christine Fox Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, effective Dec. 5.
Christine, who until recently served as the department's Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, is a brilliant defense thinker and proven manager. As a key leader of the Strategic Choices and Management Review, she helped identify the challenges, choices, and opportunities for reform facing the department during this period of unprecedented budget uncertainty. She will be able to help me shape our priorities from day one because she knows the intricacies of the department's budget, programs and global operations better than anyone.
Our men and women in uniform will have a passionate and thoughtful advocate in Christine Fox. I am grateful that she has agreed to return to the Department of Defense, pending the nomination and confirmation of a permanent successor to Deputy Secretary Carter.