The Senate has voted 63-27 to confirm Laura Taylor-Kale to be an assistant secretary of defense for industrial base policy.
Taylor-Kale was first tapped for the job in May 2022, but her nomination stalled for months amid partisan protests from Senate Republicans.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has said strengthening the defense industrial base has become one of its top priorities, citing capacity vulnerabilities highlighting ongoing U.S. military aid to Ukraine.
Taylor-Kale is currently the Fellow for Innovation and Economic Competitiveness at the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served in the Obama administration as the deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing in the International Trade Administration.