Kathleen Hicks

Golden Defense

As the 35th deputy secretary of defense, Kathleen Hicks is the Department of Defense’s No.2 official responsible for executing on Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s priorities and overseeing day-to-day operations across the Pentagon, including budget activities. Since coming into office in 2021, Hicks has made the modernization and adoption of emerging tech a major focus for the DOD. Specifically, she’s played a lead role in standing up the Pentagon’s Chief Digital and AI Office and bringing to life the department’s Replicator initiative, which is meant to accelerate programs and field thousands of “attritable autonomous” systems across multiple domains by August 2025, to help the U.S. armed forces counter China’s military buildup. 

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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