The White House on Thursday said President Donald Trump intends to nominate top Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to become deputy defense secretary.
Shanahan is a senior vice president at Boeing, where he is responsible for oversight of the company's manufacturing operations and supplier management functions, the White House said in statement.
Boeing is a major defense contractor and supplies the military with many big-ticket items, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, Apache helicopter gunships, Chinooks and Air Force One, which currently is in the early phases replacement and which Trump has said is too expensive.
Shanahan was previously vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems and vice president and general manager for Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia.
If confirmed, Shanahan would replace Robert Work, who has remained in his role in a temporary capacity since Barack Obama left office.
Trump's defense secretary is Jim Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general.