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Barbara Barrett, Ryan McCarthy Nominations Advance to Full Senate

Jeff Brody

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved Ryan McCarthy and Barbara Barrett for the top civilian positions at the U.S. Army and Air Force, respectively through a voice vote, The Hill reported Wednesday. Their nominations will head to the full Senate for a confirmation vote less than a week after they fielded questions from SASC members.

McCarthy, current undersecretary of the Army and former vice president of the F-35 sustainment program at Lockheed Martin, vowed to continue readiness, modernization and reform efforts at the service branch if confirmed to lead the Army.

Barrett, who most recently chaired the board of directors at Aerospace Corp., said she will prioritize the establishment of a military branch to focus on space warfare missions if the Senate approves her as USAF secretary.

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