Hicks, Kathleen H.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, who began her career at the Pentagon in 1993 and is the first female Deputy Secretary of Defense, works under Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. Hicks. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a masters from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs. While countering China and Russia is top priority for Hicks, she and Austin will control the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force report that is scheduled to be delivered to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence by June 25, 2021. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist approved the establishment of the UAPTF, which is run by the Department of the Navy under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, currently led by David M. Taylor. The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security. Hicks and DOD leaders hold enormous power over all information and actions related to this issue.

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