SecNav and Others Confirmed by Senate
Eight Department of Defense nominees were confirmed by a voice vote in the Senate, which increased the Pentagon staffing. The prolonged Senate process reached an agreement between both parties, confirming Richard Spencer as the new Secretary of the Navy, Ellen Lord as the new undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Lucian Niemeyer and Robert Hood, both as assistant secretaries of defense. The confirmations double the number of nominees for the Pentagon confirmed by the Senate. There were only seven other defense officials who went through the same process since January.