Wicker Statement on Nomination of Gen. CQ Brown to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Armed Services Leader: Brown “Exceptionally Qualified,” Must Focus on China, Deterrence

May 25, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Biden’s nomination of United States Air Force General Charles “CQ” Brown as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“Gen. Brown is an exceptionally qualified officer who brings decades of experience tackling America’s hardest national security problems,” Wicker said. “I have also known him to be a thoughtful advocate of accelerating innovation so that our armed services can be ready to defend our country and deter potential threats, especially those from the Chinese Communist Party.”

“We are in the most dangerous national security moment since World War II. This demands that we elevate uniformed leaders who have a laser focus on readiness, deterrence, and warfighting, instead of politics. I hope Gen. Brown takes that approach.”