Carlos Del Toro, Navy veteran and CEO of an engineering and consulting firm, has been confirmed by the Senate as the 78th Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said. (Stimson Center)
WASHINGTON – Carlos Del Toro, Navy veteran and CEO of an engineering and consulting firm, has been confirmed by the Senate as the 78th Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said.
The Senate confirmed Del Toro on Saturday as the Navy’s top civilian leader two months after President Joe Biden appointed him for the post. Del Toro, who immigrated to the United States in 1962 with his family, is today the first Secretary of the Navy born in Cuba.
Del Toro is a graduate of the Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School and Naval War College and spent 22 years in active service in the service, according to his biography on the Academy’s Alumni Association website. He also spent five years as a civilian employee for the Navy, most notably as the Senior Military Assistant to the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation.
Austin said in a statement on Saturday that “Del Toro’s lifelong pursuits and profound experience in promoting US national security make him well prepared” for his new post as Secretary of the Navy.
“Carlos rose through the ranks during the Cold War and Operation Desert Shield and Storm to serve as the first commanding officer of the destroyer USS Bulkeley, then later as a trusted assistant to the Pentagon leadership,” he said. he declares. “As an immigrant who has dedicated his life to public service, Carlos embodies the core values of honor, courage and commitment to the defense of our country.”
Del Toro was previously a member of the White House and special assistant to the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, according to his biography. He also chaired the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council’s procurement committee.
He succeeds former Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker, who served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under former President Donald Trump. Harker was sworn in as Acting Secretary of the Navy on Jan.20 under Biden.
During a Senate hearing on July 13, Del Toro said he supported the focus on new technologies in the Defense Ministry’s 2022 budget proposal to help challenge the expanding Chinese military, saying that “we can no longer take US naval superiority for granted” as China continues its rapid military growth.
Austin said in his statement on Saturday that Del Toro “understands first-hand the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing our Navy, from solving China’s pacing challenge, to modernizing our capabilities, to investing in our most valuable asset – our people ”.
“We remain the preeminent force in the world thanks to leaders like Carlos, and I have no doubt that our Navy and our nation will be well served,” said Austin.
Del Toro was the last of three branch of service secretaries to be confirmed after the Senate confirmed Christine Wormuth as Secretary of the Army in May and Frank Kendall as Secretary of the Air Force in July.