President Trump said Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan would take over as Deputy Secretary of the Department on January 1 to settle Jim Mattis's expedited departure after one Series of disagreements between Trump and Mattis.
"I am pleased to announce that our highly talented Vice Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will assume the title of Deputy Secretary of Defense from January 1, 2019," Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday morning. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as an MP and previously Boeing. He will be great!
Continue reading to look at five things you should know about Shanahan.
His role is unusual. [Lt.] Colonel Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for Shanahan, said the executive director of the Boeing Co "will accept the appointment as acting secretary."
"The deputy secretary will continue to serve on instructions from the president and the Defense Department will continue to focus on defending the nation," Buccino said Sunday.
It is unusual that the Pentagon has a Deputy Minister of Defense. If a secretary has resigned, she has stayed in the past until a successor is confirmed. For example, when Obama's Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced his resignation in November 2014, he remained in office until Ash Carter was confirmed the following February.
He was a "fix it" man from Boeing.
Shanahan, a former CEO of Boeing Co., was nominated for the post of Deputy Defense Secretary in early 2017.
He had been promoted to Boeing by the management of a career that began in 1986. The Puget Sound Business Journal named him a Boeing "fix-it" man in a March 2016 report. He oversaw the company's global supply chain strategies and the use of advanced manufacturing technologies. Shanahan was central to getting the 787 Dreamliner on track for production issues in the early years of the program.
According to his biography, the Pedigreed Engineer holds two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
His father, a military doctor, taught him that masculinity is about "service before the self."
Shanahan is the son of Vietnamese veteran Mike Shanahan, who served in the US Army. "He returned home and continued his selfless service for another 25 years in law enforcement over his American fellow citizens," Shanahan said on the US Department of Defense website in October 2017. "As I grew up, my understanding of the war came from my dad, his friends, and the few stories they would tell."
The Washington State official, during his hearing before the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said his father had raised him and his younger brothers with the American ideology of "service to himself."
Before being confirmed by the Senate in a 92-7 vote, Shanahan, the late Senator from Arizona, John McCain, said he was not overjoyed to be a Defense Industry Leader. Without prior military experience, the Pentagon would take the lead.
Trump and Pence like him.
The Hill reported that Shanahan was not close to Mattis. He is however popular in the White House.
"He is not a political or geopolitical. He's a business guy, "a source told Defense News. "But he spent the last year learning from the best. And Shanahan is known for having a good relationship with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
The Hill reported that Shanahan frequently visited Trump and Pence as project leaders in the Pentagon of the planned Space Force military service.
He believes The focus of the Pentagon is on "increasing our performance in terms of lethality, alliances and reforms".
"Too often we focus on processes, budget or efforts," Shanahan told Defense News. "The Pentagon should focus on results and results – our performance. This focus on performance should lead us to tackle unsurpassed lethality, implement our modernization plans, and achieve this cost-effectively. "
" It's all about the system and then about the amplification mechanisms to make this change sustainable. Without a system, things will fall apart if the leader continues, "Shanahan continued. "The system or the environment should not be dependent on the presence of the leader."
"In a complex environment like this, it's very easy to be distracted, and the tactics can take an enormous amount of time," he added, "but my job is to change the scale and give it it's a formula, and the formula really has to do with change [which] must be systemic. "
Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.