22 ianuarie 2021

Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary


Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Lloyd J. Austin III was confirmed by the Senate as defense secretary on Friday, allowing the retired general to become the first Black Pentagon chief.The floor vote of 93 to 2 came after the Senate and the House waived a rule keeping retired military personnel from the position for at least seven years, a provision intended to reinforce civilian control of the military.AdvertisementAustin retired from the military, after 41 years, in 2016 as a four-star Army general.James [...]