Boeing Vet Patrick Shanahan Confirmed as Deputy Defense Secretary

Shanahan's confirmation for the Defense Department's no. 2 civilian post comes as the Trump administration's 40 nominees for federal government roles face Senate vote delay. In this case, seven Democrats voted against Shanahan's confirmation, including Sens.

The Senate voted 92-7 on Tuesday to confirm Patrick Shanahan, the former vice president of Boeing, as deputy secretary of defense. "For more than 16 years our military has been consumed by two prolonged wars against violent extremist groups like ISIS" and the rise of near peer competitors in Russian Federation and China, Reed said. "It's not satisfactory, Mr. Shanahan". Shanahan had been with Boeing since 1985 until this month. "I believe he is fully qualified for the job".

Other senators had also expressed concern over Stranahan's ties to Boeing, a major defense contractor. What did potentially threaten Shanahan's chances, however, was a clash with GOP Sen.

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Prior to his nomination, Shanahan worked as an executive at Boeing for three decades, which drew suspicion from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) during a June 20 confirmation hearing.

"Not a good beginning. If confirmed, I will spend a significant amount of time dealing with Russia", Shanahan said. He is set to replace Robert Work, who has served in the position since 2014.

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