Latest "trump cabinet vacancies" stories
Esper confirmed as new defense secretary, ending Pentagon leadership uncertainty
The Pentagon had gone more than 200 days without a permanent leader.
By Joe Gould and Leo Shane III
Final vote on Esper as defense secretary likely within days
Senate leaders want a vote on Thursday but may have to wait a few more days.
This week in Congress: The next Defense Secretary (maybe)
Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of July 15, 2019.
Mark Esper is acting defense secretary. Will Trump make it permanent?
Federal rules limit how long he can serve in the temporary role, but Trump may nominated him for the permanent post.
Five names to watch as Trump searches for his next defense secretary
With Patrick Shanahan out of the process, who will the president tap to lead the Pentagon?
By Leo Shane III, Aaron Mehta and Joe Gould