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President Obama nominated a former Navy official Feb. 7 to be the No. 2 leader at the Department of Defense.

If confirmed by the Senate, Robert Work will become deputy secretary of defense, replacing Ashton Carter, who retired in December. Pentagon official Christine Fox is serving as acting deputy secretary. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced it will meet Feb. 13 to consider Work’s nomination.

Work is currently chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He was undersecretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013 and served on Obama’s 2008 Defense Department transition team. He was in the Marine Corps for 27 years and holds three master’s degrees.

“Bob … is a highly respected and nationally recognized strategic thinker, practitioner and expert on national security, as well as budgeting, technology [and] military affairs,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a Pentagon press briefing.

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