Wilkie was pressed by some Democrats to explain his past embrace of divisive cultural views, but he received the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s overwhelming support.
The Pentagon has sent some $22 million to North Korea since 1990 for repatriation efforts.
European officials are scrambling to determine whether the president intends to reposition U.S. forces or is just making threats ahead of a NATO summit.
Robert Wilkie’s Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Leaders at the Pentagon have long cited North Korea's nuclear ambitions as one of the foremost threats to the United States.
Congress is on track to approve the W76-2 warheads the Pentagon wants on ballistic-missile submarines.
High-level officials did not appear at an event planned by Defense employees, a first since “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed.
The death marks the first U.S. fatality in action in Africa since the killing of four soldiers in Niger late last year.
The stolen material included secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to officials.
A U.S. diplomat and his family were evacuated after experiencing unexplained, unusual noises like those that have stricken embassy workers in Cuba.