The government, and in this instance, the Department of Defense, is a bureaucracy with many backups. With Defense Secretary Hagel leaving, he has a second in command and that is Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work. Secretary Hagel was an Army sergeant. His deputy was a Marine Corps Col. Which is more qualified? Deputy Secretary Work has been sworn in since just last May, 2014. So, why panic about Hagel’s replacement? If President Obama did his job correctly, he staffed well, didn’t he? If he didn’t, that’s a problem.
Many people believe that Ashton Carter would be a better pick than Hagel or his “number two”. But, don’t count number two out. Robert Work was formerly United States Undersecretary of the Navy. That is Franklin Roosevelt’s old job.
Check out his academic credentials.
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. biology
- University of Southern California, M.S. Systems Management
- Naval Postgraduate School, Space System Operations
- Johns Hopkins University, MA in International Policy
Combine that with his hands-on work experience and he appears as qualified as President Obama.
The dust never settles around the Obama administration. The trouble is that there needs to be Presidential blessing and congressional confidence behind the chain of command. This divided government doesn’t offer the added assurance. We must go with the belief that professionals like Robert Work will stay focused even when all hell breaks loose around him. It is a good thing that Americans have a Marine in that office don’t you think?
“DOD’s second in command sworn in
By Billy Mitchell · Tuesday, May 06, 2014 · 10:51 am
The Defense Department has a new deputy defense secretary.
During a ceremony yesterday morning at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel swore in Bob Work as his deputy.
Work, a former undersecretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013 and career Marine artillery officer, will replace Christine Fox, who served as interim deputy defense secretary when Ash Carter stepped down last year.
President Barack Obama nominated Work for the role in February, and just last week the Senate confirmed his appointment.
“I am humbled by the confidence President Obama and Secretary Hagel have placed in me and pledge to do everything possible to help maintain America’s military edge,” Work said.
As deputy defense secretary, Work will be the second-highest ranking official in the agency. Under Hagel, his main role will be to manage the daily business and internal operations of DOD.
“Ash Carter and Christine Fox both distinguished themselves while serving as deputy secretary and have left a legacy of excellence,” he said. “I look forward to following in their footsteps and ensuring our service members, civilians and contractors have everything they need to protect our great nation and accomplish what we ask of them.”