Biden set to pick first black defence…


Gen Austin retired from the army in 2016, and thus would need a congressional waiver of the legal requirement that a former member of the military be out of uniform at least seven years before serving as secretary of defence. That waiver has been granted only twice — most recently in the case of Gen Mattis, the retired marines general who served as Donald Trump’s first Pentagon chief, but resigned in 2018 in protest at the president’s policies.

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