Former Boeing exec takes over the Pentagon

Pat Shanahan
Pat Shanahan speaks at the opening of Boeing’s Seattle Delivery Center in 2015. Two years later, the Boeing executive was chosen to become deputy defense secretary. (GeekWire Photo / Jacob Demmitt)

President Donald Trump says Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, will take charge of the Pentagon on Jan. 1 in the wake of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ shocking resignation.

Trump announced Shanahan’s shift to the post of acting defense secretary today on Twitter, because of course he did.

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By Alan Boyle

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