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Boeing exec. tapped as Pentagon No. 2

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced nominees for six senior Pentagon jobs on Thursday, including a longtime Boeing Co. executive for deputy secretary of defense, moving to fill out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ new team.

U.S. President Donald Trump has struggled to fill top Defense Department positions. Mattis is the only administration nominee to be confirmed at the Pentagon.

Until Thursday, the administration had only announced four other nominees; two of those later withdrew. Trump’s pick for deputy secretary is Patrick M. Shanahan.

As deputy secretary of defense, Shanahan would succeed Robert Work, a former Marine and Obama administration holdover. Work is the only senior Pentagon official from the prior administration still in place, although others have been performing the duties of senior officials in the absence of Trump nominees.Speech

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