Senate confirms McCarthy as Army secretary

By Ashley Tressel / September 26, 2019 at 5:58 PM

The Senate today unanimously confirmed Ryan McCarthy as the next Army secretary.

McCarthy fills the seat vacated by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who was confirmed this summer to lead the Pentagon.

McCarthy had been serving as acting Army secretary, his second time filling the acting role, and prior to that served as Army under secretary since Aug. 1, 2017. He was also unanimously confirmed for that position.

Before he was under secretary, he worked as an executive for Lockheed Martin on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the company's global security policy.

McCarthy's confirmation means the Army will need a new under secretary, as McCarthy had kept the role after Esper's departure while also serving as acting secretary. The White House has not yet nominated anyone for that position.