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Senate Panel OKs Boeing Vet Patrick Shanahan for Deputy Defense Secretary Role

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Patrick Shanahan, senior vice president of supply chain and operations at Boeing, has been approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee to serve as deputy defense secretary, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday.

The panel sent Shanahan’s nomination to the full Senate floor through a voice vote Wednesday three months after President Donald Trump nominated him for the post.

The committee voted on his nomination after he stated his position on whether the U.S. government should supply lethal defensive equipment to Ukraine amid Russia’s aggression.

Shanahan will succeed Robert Work in the Defense Department role once approved by the full Senate.

The 30-year Boeing veteran previously served as VP and general manager of the aerospace company’s missile defense systems and rotorcraft systems segments.

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