The Senate filled four top Pentagon leadership posts in July alone, but defense advocates in the chamber are hoping for an even busier September confirmation slate.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said last week he expects his committee to see a rush of confirmation hearings following the extended August congressional recess “if I’m successful at convincing the administration we need a whole bunch of (additional nominees). And we do.”

In the weeks leading up to the summer break, lawmakers finalized the appointments of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday.

The military’s top civilian leader was of particular

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