Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper saidÂ that the Trump administration is âmaking steady progressâ on Senate confirmations for top defense roles, Defense News reported Friday. Esper told reporters duringÂ a press briefing that eight officials are going through White House vetting while five nominees are slated to undergo Senate hearings.
Senate has yet to confirm U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command and two-time Wash100 Award winner, who was nominated forÂ vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in April.
Esper was confirmed as defense secretary last month.
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