White House Announces Six Names for Top Pentagon Positions

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks in Brussels. Mattis is not lonely in the Pentagon, but two months into his tenure as secretary of defense not a single political appointee has joined him. The retired Marine general, who took office just hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in, has battled the White House over choices for high-priority civilian positions that, while rarely visible to the public, are key to developing and implementing defense policy at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
The White House announced Thursday six new names for top political appointments at the Pentagon, including Deputy Defense Secretary.

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