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Congress Approves Waiver for Lloyd Austin to Serve as SECDEF

Congress Approves Waiver for Lloyd Austin to Serve as SECDEF

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III reacts to a question about being married for 41 years during his Senate Armed Forces Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. Jan. 19, 2021. DOD Photo

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

SECDEF Nominee Austin Affirms Threat From China, Will ‘Update’ National Defense Strategy

SECDEF Nominee Austin Affirms Threat From China, Will ‘Update’ National Defense Strategy

Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin responds to a question during his Senate Armed Forces Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 2021. DoD Photo

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

Department of Navy Comptroller Harker to Serve as Acting SECNAV

Department of Navy Comptroller Harker to Serve as Acting SECNAV

 


This post has been updated to clarify that Thomas Harker was performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense and comptroller.

Thomas Harker, who for the last few years has served as the Department of the Navy’s chief civilian financial official, will assume the role of acting Navy secretary once President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, a Navy official confirmed to USNI News. Read More

Biden Says Lloyd Austin 'Right Person for This Job'

Biden Says Lloyd Austin ‘Right Person for This Job’

Outgoing commander U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin makes remarks during the U.S. Central Command change of command ceremony at Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl., March 30, 2016. US Army Photo

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

Biden Taps Former CENTCOM Head Lloyd Austin For SECDEF

Biden Taps Former CENTCOM Head Lloyd Austin For SECDEF

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of United States Forces – Iraq and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey visit with service members on Thanksgiving to reemphasize the mission at hand and thank them for their continued service and sacrifice at this critical time in Iraq. Defense Department Photo.

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

Panel: Biden Should Reach Agreement Over Korean Peninsula Burden-Sharing Talks if Elected

Panel: Biden Should Reach Agreement Over Korean Peninsula Burden-Sharing Talks if Elected

Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea on July 25, 2019. KCNA Photo

If former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidential election, settling the long-running U.S.-South Korea burden-sharing talks would send a message to North Korea and China that the two nations are in alignment on major issues concerning the peninsula, regional security experts said Thursday. Read More