President Donald Trump officially nominated former Army Ranger Ryan McCarthy as under secretary of the Army on Tuesday, putting him in line for the service’s second ranking post and a possible temporary promotion to the top job.
McCarthy was a staffer for former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and now works as a vice president at the defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
His nomination comes after two failed attempts by the White House to nominate a new Army secretary, a post that has been filled in a temporary, acting role by Robert Speer since January. If confirmed before a new secretary is in place, McCarthy would assume that acting role.
Source: Trump nominates former Ranger for Army under secretary