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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Withdraws Nomination As Domestic Violence Incidents Surface

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confronted past domestic violence issues within his family on Monday and Tuesday as he decided to withdraw from going through with the nomination process. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Shanahan would not be going through with being nominated as Defense Secretary, stating that Shanahan wished to “devote more time with his family.” Trump wished ...

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Shanahan Authorizes 1,000 Additional Troops to Defend Against Middle East Threats

In response to a request from U.S. Central Command for additional forces, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has authorized about 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. In a statement, Shanahan said he made his decision with the advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ...

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Trump’s Acting DOD Secretary Weighs In On A Cloud Contract That Conservatives Loathe

President Donald Trump’s acting Department of Defense secretary supports a $10 billion winner-take-all cloud computing contract that conservatives are railing against, a DOD spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are jockeying for position to land the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a program angling to be the largest stand-alone technology contracts the federal government’s ...

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Shanahan Approves Force Protection Deployment for Middle East Due to ‘Credible Threats’

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the deployment of about 1,500 service members and additional capabilities to the Middle East to deter Iranian efforts to destabilize the region. The capabilities will be used to improve force protection and safeguard U.S. forces. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, requested the additional forces. The ...

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Trump To Nominate Patrick Shanahan For Defense Secretary |

President Donald Trump plans on nominate acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to officially take over the top spot at the Department of Defense, The White House confirmed Thursday. “Based upon his outstanding service to the Country and his demonstrated ability, President Trump intends to nominated Patrick M. Shanahan to be the Secretary of Defense,” White House Press Secretary Sarah ...

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Defense Secretary Says 256 Miles Of New Border Wall Coming Soon

The Pentagon announced that well over 200 miles of physical barrier is slated to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming months. “We now have on contract sufficient funds to build about 256 miles of barrier,” acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Wednesday while testing before the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee. Shanahan noted that current funding is sourced from ...

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Inspector General Clears Acting Defense Secretary’s Conflict Of Interest Allegations With Boeing

The inspector general said Thursday that acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan did not act inappropriately on behalf of Boeing while working for the Department of Defense. The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against Shanahan in March, saying he “allegedly took actions to promote his former employer, Boeing, and disparage its competitors, allegedly in ...

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Shanahan: No military housing, barracks or dormitory projects affected by border wall funding

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told representatives on Capitol Hill that this year’s Defense budget request holds the same strategy as previous years and the allocation of border wall funding will not negatively affect any aspect of national defense. “The strategy you supported last year is the same strategy we are asking you to fund this year,” the secretary told the ...

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Acting Secretary Shanahan ‘Inspired by battlefield success’ in Syria

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that the Pentagon is inspired by the coalition’s ability to eliminate the ISIS Caliphate. “We are inspired by the battlefield success of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” Shanahan said in a statement. “Today’s SDF announcement that the liberation of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria is 100 percent ...

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Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan’s Met with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today at the Pentagon to reaffirm U.S. commitment to NATO, our Article 5 obligations, and transatlantic security ahead of the February Defense Ministerial, according to Acting Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Charles E. Summers Jr. “The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including burden sharing, NATO force readiness, ...

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After Mattis Quit Over Fighting Trump, New Acting Defense Secretary Vows To Advance President’s Agenda

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan replaced James Mattis in the Pentagon role late Monday and vowed to work with President Donald Trump to advance his agenda, a task Mattis professed in his resignation letter to no longer being able to do. Trump announced the leadership change Dec. 23, just three days after Mattis submitted his letter of resignation and ...

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Statement From Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan

Under the direction of President Trump, the Department of Defense remains focused on safeguarding our nation. We have deep respect for Secretary Mattis’ lifetime of service, and it has been a privilege to serve as his deputy secretary. As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders ...

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President Trump pushes Mattis out ahead of resignation date

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Secretary of Defense James Mattis will leave the administration well before the date offered in his resignation. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Patrick has a long ...

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