The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to sent four of President Trump's civilian Pentagon nominees to the full Senate.
The committee vote means the nominees, who include the president's pick for the department's top weapons buyer and Air Force undersecretary, have cleared a key hurdle and may now move to final decisions on their confirmations.
The Trump administration and the Senate have been slow to fill appointed positions at the Pentagon, and the nominations still face a chamber that is tied up with the debate on healthcare reform. Senators would have to make time for confirmation votes before leaving for their August recess.
Here are the nominees now ready for a final vote:
- Matthew Donovan, a policy director on the Senate Armed Services Committee, to be Air Force undersecretary.
- John Gibson, former CEO of XCOR Aerospace, to be deputy chief management officer.
- Ellen Lord, former CEO of Textron, to be undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics.
- Lucian Niemeyer, former Armed Services professional staff member and founder of the Niemeyer Group consulting firm, to be assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and environment.