Top Boeing Executive Patrick Shanahan Named US Deputy Defense Secretary

Patrick M. Shanahan

Patrick M. Shanahan

President Donald Trump has nominated top Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to fill the second-highest civilian post at the Pentagon, the White House announced Thursday. Until Thursday, the administration had only announced four other nominees; two of those later withdrew.

Shanahan was previously vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems and vice president and general manager for Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia. Rapuano, a former Marine, was deputy homeland security advisor in the George W. Bush administration and now is senior vice president and director of the Studies and Analysis Group at the ANSER Corporation.

"These are all highly qualified individuals who were personally recommended by Secretary Mattis to the President", said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis. Trump's pick for Air Force secretary, former New Mexico representative Heather Wilson, has yet to be scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing.

He will replace Robert Work. He was formerly principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for worldwide security policy and a staff member with the House Armed Services Committee.

Shanahan would have to pledge to recuse himself from matters involving Boeing for at least two years and any "official actions that directly and substantially affect former employers or clients", according to Trump's executive order on ethics. "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". Earlier this year, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told reporters that he has an open dialogue with the President.

In addition to Shanahan's long career on the commercial side, he also led Boeing Missile Defense Systems program in Washington D.C. and oversaw all U.S Army aviation programs. He's the chair of the University of Washington's Board of Regents, a UW engineering grad and a member of the Washington Roundtable.

Trachtenberg is a former House Armed Services Committee staffer who most recently worked at the Pentagon as principal deputy assistant secretary for worldwide security policy, while Rapuano is a retired Marine who served as White House Deputy Homeland Security Advisor during George W. Bush's second term.

Mattis originally expressed interest in having Michelle Flournoy, former undersecretary for policy under Obama, as his deputy. He penned a December 2015 commentary saying the Obama administration failed to adapt to a changing reality with Russian Federation following its annexation of Crimea, incursions into eastern Ukraine, and more aggressive military exercises.

The job of Trachtenberg's potential boss, undersecretary of defense for policy, remains unfilled. Currently, he is president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting.

"We were happy to have him on the transition team because he reflected an experienced foreign policy perspective, in contrast to President Trump", she said in a telephone interview. He is a partner with the accounting firm Kearney and Company and served as the first chief financial officer for the Department of Homeland Security. She is the current director of resources and analysis at the U.S. Central Command based out of Tampa.

- Robert Daigle as director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE). Daigle previously served in CAPE during the Bush administration as director of program resources and information systems management division.

The Trump administration has also nominated Kenneth P. Rapuano as assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security. He is senior vice president at ANSER Corp., which describes itself as a not-for-profit research institute with emphasis on national security and homeland defense.