Category Archives: confirmation

New in 2021: Confirmation timing for new DoD, VA secretaries could be tricky


President-elect Joe Biden announced his picks to lead the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in early December. When they’ll actually be confirmed into those roles is still unclear. In 2017, Senate lawmakers were able to finalize the nominations of the secretaries of defense and veterans affairs within a few days of President Donald Trump’s […]

In confirmation hearing, NORTHCOM nominee talks border mission and military force against civil unrest


It’s been an exceptionally busy year for troops supporting missions stateside. If confirmed as the next head of U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Lt. Gen. Glenn VanHerck will be overseeing troops deployed to the border, activated in support of COVID-19 pandemic response and providing relief to communities hit by hurricanes, among other things. VanHerck, who […]