Stars and Stripes stripes.com 12 Jan, 2021 22:45 am

Experts tell senators a waiver for retired 4-star to become defense secretary could set 'dangerous precedent'

Experts tell senators a waiver for retired 4-star to become defense secretary could set 'dangerous precedent'
Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary, should commit to working closely with career civilians to craft Defense Department policy without surrounding himself exclusively with military officials, experts told a panel of senators Tuesday.

Experts tell senators a waiver for retired 4-star to become defense secretary could set 'dangerous precedent' Retired Army Gen.Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary, should commit to working closely with career civilians to craft Defense Department policy without surrounding himself exclusively with military officials, experts told a panel of senators Tuesday.Lawmakers should challenge Austin on how he would approach the role of defense secretary differently than he did the jobs that he held during his four decades as an Army officer, Lindsay Cohn, an associate professor at the U.If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would become the first Black defense secretary.

Cohn said presidents typically should be granted the Cabinet officials they want to serve in their administrations, and Biden had labeled Austin uniquely fit for defense secretary at this moment in U.That was granted in 2017 to President Donald Trump’s first defense secretary, retired Marine Gen.

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