Shrinking Budgets Mean Squeeze Is Coming

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Shrinking Budgets Mean Squeeze Is Coming

Senior Army leaders expect “downward pressure” from flat or shrinking defense budgets as the service pushes forward with its sweeping transformation and modernization effort.

“For us it’s prudent to be pretty conservative in our assumptions,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said. With factors such as inflation and how it will impact the Army’s purchasing power, “there’s going to continue to be downward pressure, [and] we’re going to, I think, continue to have to make hard choices.”

Army Leaders Want More Focus on Suicide Prevention

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Army Leaders Want More Focus on Suicide Prevention

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth says efforts are underway to tackle issues that might cause a service member to consider suicide, citing behavioral health and financial issues and relationship problems as possible causes.  

Wormuth: Guard Short Summer Training Funds

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Wormuth: Guard Short Summer Training Funds

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth warns the readiness of Army National Guard units is at risk because of short-term funding shortages, largely resulting from the $450 million cost of deployments to secure the U.S. Capitol. 

Secretary Acknowledges Army Under Some Stress

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Secretary Acknowledges Army Under Some Stress

Just three weeks on the job, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said she’s “impressed but not surprised” by today’s Army and fully supportive of its transformation and modernization efforts. 

“From what I have seen, our Army is in great shape, but we have important work ahead,” said Wormuth, the first woman to serve as Army secretary in the service’s 246-year history. “I want to use this window of opportunity to make certain that the Army will continue to provide modernized and ready forces capable of responding globally.” 

Wormuth Says ‘Character and Culture Matter’

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Wormuth Says ‘Character and Culture Matter’

Taking care of people while transforming the Army for the future are among the top priorities of the new Army secretary.

Christine Wormuth, who made history May 28 as the first woman to become the Army’s top civilian leader, called it a “distinct privilege” to “lead the finest men and women that our great Nation has to offer.”

Wormuth Confirmed as Army Secretary

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Wormuth Confirmed as Army Secretary

The Senate on May 27 confirmed Christine Wormuth to be the next Army secretary, making her the first woman to lead the service.

Wormuth’s Army Secretary Nomination Advances

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Wormuth’s Army Secretary Nomination Advances

The Senate Armed Services Committee on May 25 endorsed Christine Wormuth to be the next Army secretary, advancing her nomination to become the first woman to lead the service.

Wormuth, a former undersecretary of defense for policy who appeared before the committee on May 13, must now be confirmed by the full Senate.

Wormuth Sees ‘Limited’ Army Transformation Window

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Wormuth Sees ‘Limited’ Army Transformation Window

Army secretary nominee Christine Wormuth promised to be a “hands-on” leader who, if confirmed by the Senate, would focus on taking care of people while making sure the Army has what it needs to fulfill its mission.

Wormuth, who testified May 13 before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a former undersecretary of defense for policy who is currently director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand Corp. 

If confirmed, she would be the first woman to serve as the Army’s top civilian leader.

Wormuth to be Nominated for Army Secretary

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Wormuth to be Nominated for Army Secretary

Christine Wormuth, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, is President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as Army secretary, the White House announced April 12.

If confirmed by the Senate, Wormuth would be the first woman to serve as the Army’s top civilian leader.