WASHINGTON, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Wednesday Robert Work, a retired Marine Corps colonel, to be the next deputy defense secretary.
Work, whose nomination was approved by the Senate in a voice vote, is to replace Ash Carter who already stepped down in December.
In a statement on the Senate's confirmation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Work as "an admired and tested leader, with a distinguished career of public service, including during his time as an officer in the Marine Corps and as undersecretary of the Navy."
"He brings to this position a depth of experience, knowledge, and expertise that will greatly benefit the Department of Defense," Hagel said.
Work, who stepped down as undersecretary of the Navy in March 2013, has since headed the Center for a New American Security in Washington. He also was an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.
During his 27-year career in the U.S. military, Work held a wide range of command, leadership and management positions, including the commanders of an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan.
In 2008, Work served on President Barack Obama's Defense Transition Team, leading the Navy Department issue team, and serving on the defense policy, acquisition and budget teams.