WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to serve as the Secretary of Defense:

“It’s very important that we have a Senate confirmed leader at the Department of Defense. I look forward to hearing directly from Patrick Shanahan about his vision for our military and the defense of our nation.”