In the waning hours of the 115th Congress, the Senate confirmed Alex Beehler for assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. Beehler’s nomination had been held up since October 2017 when President Trump first nominated him; the White House resubmitted his nomination last January when the Senate Armed Services Committee returned it after failing to schedule a confirmation hearing before the end of the 2017 congressional session. Beehler served as acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, assistant deputy undersecretary and principal deputy to the deputy undersecretary for environment, safety and occupational health, during the George W. Bush administration. Jordan Gillis had been serving as the Army’s acting assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. … The Senate on Wednesday also confirmed Alan Shaffer for deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. Shaffer previously worked at the Pentagon as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, and was the acting assistant secretary for three years. … White House officials have reached out to former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who also served as Navy secretary under President Reagan, about his interest in becoming the next defense secretary, reports the New York Times. Webb was a critic of the Iraq War and President Obama’s effort to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, during his single term as senator.
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