20 Jul '17, 8pm

Three dozen key Pentagon posts are still vacant six months into the new administration

Three dozen key Pentagon posts are still vacant six months into the new administration

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will nominate Army veteran and Raytheon executive Mark Esper to become the Army’s top civilian, the White House said Wednesday as it works to fill three dozen key Pentagon posts still vacant six months into the new administration. The announcement came one day after Trump’s pick to serve as the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian was confirmed by the Senate. Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan was easily confirmed as deputy defense secretary with a 92-7 vote, filling an important job that had been occupied by Robert Work, a holdover from former President Barack Obama’s administration and whose last day was July 14. Shanahan was officially sworn into his new role Wednesday morning at the Pentagon, said Navy Cmdr. Sarah Higgins, a Pentagon spokeswoman. Shanahan is only the seventh person confirmed to fill one of 53 top White House appointed job...

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