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Biden to Pick Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin for Secretary of Defense


What Happened:

  • According to several sources, President-Elect Joe Biden plans to nominate retired 4-Star Army General Lloyd Austin as his Secretary of Defense.

  • Austin was the former commander of US Central Command. If confirmed, he would be the first Black man to lead the Department of Defense.

  • Because he retired from active service only four years ago, Austin would require a congressional waiver to serve in the position. Federal law normally requires at least seven years of retirement before taking on the role.


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