A U.S. official told Task & Purpose that Shanahan has been so busy in the past few months – including traveling to several Asian countries recently – that he has only been able to complete all the paperwork required for his nomination in the past few days.
Shanahan has served as acting defense secretary since Jan. 1.
When NBC asked Trump on Tuesday why he had not yet submitted Shanahan's nomination, the president responded he had "put it out officially" on May 9 and that Shanahan "has to go through the process."
NBC News also reported that Trump is considering other potential candidates to lead the Pentagon, including Army Secretary Mark Esper.
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Military Times reporter Leo Shane that lawmakers should be able to confirm Shanahan's nomination before August – provided the FBI background check and other requirements are completed in the near future.
"I would like to do it soon, because I'm the guy who has been yelling and screaming that we have to have this nomination confirmed," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Military Times. "If you don't have him confirmed, all these people he is dealing with don't know if they are dealing with the right person. I have heard this personally."
U.S. Cyber Command is reportedly going on offense against Russia's power grid by placing "potentially crippling malware" in its systems, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The cyber incursions, authorized to Cyber Command under new authorities that do not require presidential approval, have gotten more "aggressive" and seem to be a warning that the U.S. can respond to Moscow's past cyberattacks, such as the 2016 incursion into the Democratic National Committee and its attack on Ukraine's power grid.
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.
The Navy has named a female president of the U.S. Naval War College for the first time in its history just days after ousting her predecessor amid allegations of excess spending and inappropriate behavior.