Trump Nominates Boeing Executive Shanahan as US Deputy Secretary of Defense

© AP Photo / Ted S. WarrenPat Shanahan, senior vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, greets guests at a re-opening ceremony for Boeing's newly expanded 737 delivery center, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Boeing Field in Seattle
Pat Shanahan, senior vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, greets guests at a re-opening ceremony for Boeing's newly expanded 737 delivery center, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Boeing Field in Seattle - Sputnik International
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President Donald Trump nominated Patrick M. Shanahan as his Deputy Secretary of Defense.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Boeing executive Patrick M. Shanahan as his Deputy Secretary of Defense, the White House said in a press release on Thursday.

"Patrick M. Shanahan of Washington will serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense," the release stated. "Mr. Shanahan is senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations at the Boeing Company, where he is responsible for oversight of the company’s manufacturing operations and supplier management functions."

Shanahan in the past held a top position of Boeing Missile Defense Systems and supervised Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for all US Army Aviation, the release noted.

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Among six key defense nominations, Trump also selected David Norquist, who has 27 years of experience in government financial management, to become Under Secretary of Defense.

The press release added that David Joel Trachtenberg, an independent consultant in national security affairs and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting, will serve as the president's Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

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