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Senate Confirms 8 Defense Nominees, Including Navy Secretary

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 01:42 PM

The Senate confirmed eight nominees to Department of Defense positions late Tuesday. The confirmations included former Marine Corps pilot Richard Spencer as Secretary of the Navy, according to The Hill.

The seven other confirmations are:

  • Matthew Donovan as undersecretary of the Air Force.
  • Ryan McCarthy as undersecretary of the Army.
  • Ellen Lord as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics.
  • Lucian Niemeyer as assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and the environment.
  • Robert Hood as assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs.
  • Robert Daigle as director of cost assessment and program evaluation.
  • Elaine McCusker as principal deputy undersecretary of defense, comptroller.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., praised the confirmation of the nominees in a website post:

"I was pleased to see the Senate confirm eight important Department of Defense civilian nominations. The Senate has been paralyzed by politics and partisanship, and it is unfortunate that it took so long to approve these qualified nominees for critical positions."

The senator wrote that he hoped the White House would "expeditiously" send the Senate more nominations for the Department of Defense.

Those eight bring President Donald Trump’s administration to a total of 15 Pentagon confirmations, The Hill reported.

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The Senate confirmed eight nominees to Department of Defense positions late Tuesday. The confirmations included former Marine Corps pilot Richard Spencer as Secretary of the Navy, according to The Hill.
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