Retired General Lloyd Austin may become the first black secretary of defense in American history. Experience and comfort for Biden speak in his favor. Prior to that, the favorite for this post was considered the ex-deputy head of the Pentagon Flurna
General Lloyd Austin
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US presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is called the winner in the November 3 elections by the American media, is considering the candidacy of the black retired General Lloyd Austin as the future Secretary of Defense. About it reports Axios citing two sources familiar with the situation.
The publication notes that on November 23, during the presentation of his team, Biden did not name the future head of the Pentagon. There were three initially candidates for the post: ex-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Senator from Illinois and retired Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth, and former deputy head of the Pentagon under Barack Obama Michelle Flournoy.
Flurnoy was called the favorite for the post of head of the Ministry of Defense. But sources of the publication said that Austin’s experience, convenience for Biden and skin color spoke in favor of Austin.
If approved, Austin will become the first African American to serve as head of the Pentagon in US history. Since he retired in 2016, the four-star general will need special congressional approval to take up the civilian office of minister.