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Sen. John McCain Advises Against Industry Execs as DoD Leadership Nominees

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) has said he does not want the White House to nominate for Defense Department posts any more individuals who had worked at top five defense contractors, Defense News reported Tuesday.

“I did not want people from the top five corporations,” said McCain told reporters Tuesday.

“We’ve had a couple, and that’s okay, but I don’t want [more of] them.”

Some of the industry executives nominated for DoD posts include Patrick Shanahan, senior vice president of supply chain and operations at Boeing; David Ehrhart, formerly lead attorney for Lockheed Martin on the F-35 aircraft program; and Ellen Lord, former CEO of Textron Systems.

Shanahan received approval from SASC in June to serve as deputy defense secretary and is awaiting a floor vote.

The Trump administration nominated Lord for the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics post and Ehrhart for the Air Force general counsel role.

Defense News reported the White House is likely to nominate John Rood, head of international sales at Lockheed, to serve as defense undersecretary for policy.

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