The first Black four-star Marine general assumed command of the U.S. Africa Command during a Tuesday ceremony in Germany. Read More
The Senate on Friday voted to confirm retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as President Joe Biden’s secretary of defense. Read More
This post has been updated to reflect the Senate’s passage of the waiver for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin.
The House and Senate on Thursday both voted to pass legislation granting a waiver for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as President Joe Biden’s secretary of defense. Read More
President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Defense Department plans to take another look at the National Defense Strategy should he be confirmed, he told lawmakers on Tuesday. Read More
President-elect Joe Biden called retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III “the right person for this job” as the 28th secretary of defense in an appearance Wednesday in Wilmington, Del. Read More
This story has been updated to include a statement from former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy.
President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday formally announced his decision to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as his defense secretary. Read More
When asked Tuesday whether the United States was on the 10-yard line, the analogy used in 2010 to describe the coalition’s efforts to succeed in Iraq, the top general in Central Command said, “Clearly we’re in a different game”—with the rise of the Islamic State. Read More
To “pivot away from the Middle East is naïve at best,” the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) said as he opened a hearing on developments in the Central Command area of responsibility and the president’s request for a congressional authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). Read More
The U.S. Central Command has seen no evidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group is operating its own warplanes. Read More