President Trump has made two more key Pentagon nominations, picking a member of his presidential transition team Robert Wilkie, along with Anthony Kurta, to oversee military personnel and readiness.
If confirmed by the Senate, Wilkie would serve as undersecretary and Kurta would be his deputy overseeing and advising Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on training, personnel policy and the military's readiness to fight wars, according to the White House.
The nominees have extensive Washington national security experience both in the Defense Department and on Capitol Hill.
Wilkie, who is now a senior adviser to Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., worked on defense issues during Trump's transition into office and before that was assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs at the Pentagon. He was a national security adviser to President George W. Bush and former Sen. Trent Lott.
Tillis said Wilkie's "unparalleled experience, wisdom, and insight when it comes to military issues and understanding of the challenges facing our men and women in uniform" have been a valuable resource to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"His nomination is a crystal clear indication that Secretary of Defense Mattis is committed to choosing the highest caliber people possible to help him lead the Pentagon," Tillis said.
Kurta, who served 32 years in the Navy, had previously filled in as personnel and readiness undersecretary. During his time in the building, he was also deputy assistant secretary for military personnel policy and the director of Navy Flag Officer Management and Development, the White House said.