March 2, 2017 Update:
This past Sunday, February 26, 2017, Mr. Philip Bilden withdrew his name from consideration for the Secretary of Navy citing difficulties in “separating himself from his business interests.” This comes just one month after the White House nominated Bilden on January 25 and after the Secretary of Army nominee Mr. Vincent Viola withdrew his name on February 3, stating similar challenges of separating his business interests. Both billionaires, it is of little surprise that Mr. Viola and Mr. Bilden have insurmountable conflicts of interest that have forced each of them to withdraw their names from consideration. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ statement last Sunday indicates that he will recommend a new nominee for Secretary of Navy in the coming days.
As the Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Bilden will lead and manage the hundreds of thousands of sailors, Marines and civilians and oversee the under secretary, four assistant secretaries, and a general counsel. In his role as Secretary of the Navy, Bilden will be stepping into a now well-established record of the Navy leading the Military on climate change science and action. Read more >