Metro-East News

Senate panel confirms Selva and McDew nominations

As expected, the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday approved the nominations for Gen. Paul Selva as the new vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Darren McDew as commander, U.S. Transportation Command, based at Scott Air Force Base.

Selva currently serves as Transcom’s commander, while McDew commands the Air Mobility Command, also based at Scott.

It remains unclear when the full Senate will vote on the nominations of both four-star generals.

Selva and McDew testified nearly two weeks ago before the armed services panel in Washington, D.C. Their combined hearing lasted about 90 minutes. Neither general appeared to commit any verbal missteps and seemed to sail through the process, observers have noted.

In response to a question from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, who is the panel chairman, Selva listed the greatest threats to the United States, in descending order, as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea and the Islamic State (ISIS) and other violent terrorist groups.

Selva said he agreed with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, the nominee for chairman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that Russia constituted America’s greatest military threat because it possesses “the conventional and nuclear capability to be an existential threat to this nation if they choose to do so.”

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at or 618-239-2533.