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Christine Fox

23 - Christine Fox
Acting Deputy Defense Secretary
Fox became the highest-ranking woman to ever serve at the Defense Department after Obama named her acting deputy defense secretary this month to replace Ashton Carter (No. 66). She has in-depth knowledge of DoD’s major weapons programs from her prior role serving as the director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation for four years, a position she left in June — but she remained an adviser to Carter. She returns to the Pentagon at an extremely important time and will oversee the finalization of DoD’s 2015 budget proposal and the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. She faces inherent challenges of having an acting title as DoD searches for a deputy secretary nominee. She developed a strong relationship with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (No. 3) while working on the Pentagon’s Strategic Choices and Management Review.

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