WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee voted approval Tuesday of the promotion of Army Lt. Gen. Colin L. Powell, President Reagan's national security adviser.
The voice vote was taken at the end of a brief closed hearing by the panel, which oversees major military promotions. Powell's promotion now goes to the full Senate for approval.
Powell was picked by Reagan last month as national security adviser, replacing Frank C. Carlucci, after Reagan named Carlucci to become secretary of defense. Powell was deputy national security adviser.
His permanent rank is major general, or two stars, but he had been promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant general, or three stars. Tuesday's action would make the promotion permanent.