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Gen. Lloyd Austin's capabilities aside, should the US have a recent military commander leading its Defense Dept.? My conversation w/ @jimgolby  about the history of a rule against it:

President-elect Joe Biden has confirmed that he will nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense. Austin twice served as a commander at Fort Bragg during his four-decade military career.

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, a former commander for U.S. Central Command, will be nominated to serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s defense secretary, according to news reports late Monday.

Biden makes his SECDEF pick official, but will retired Army Gen. and former CENTCOM commander Lloyd Austin - who needs a waiver to get the job - pass muster in Congress?

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One other note about President-elect Biden's selection of former CentCom Commander GEN Lloyd Austin as his Secretary of Defense nominee, from another person familiar with the decision, has to do with Biden's late son Beau...

President-elect Biden will nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, former commander of CentCom, as Secretary of Defense, my colleague @jaketapper  reports. If confirmed by Senate and given a waiver, Austin would be the first Black man to lead DOD. Politico was first to report.

President-elect Joe Biden has selected retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the former commander of US Central Command, to be his secretary of defense.

Biden to pick retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, former Iraq commander, to be secretary of defense

President-elect Joe Biden has selected retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the former commander of US Central Command, to be his secretary of defense.

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Photo: His Majesty King Abdullah II meets with Commander of #US  CENTCOM, Gen. Lloyd Austin #Jordan 

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His Majesty King Abdullah II meets with Commander of #US  CENTCOM, Gen. Lloyd Austin #Jordan 

PM Al-Abadi discussed joint military cooperation with CENTCOM commander Gen. Lloyd Austin

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Today in #Baghdad  with PM Abadi & @CENTCOM  commander GEN Lloyd Austin, discussing next steps in campaign vs. #ISIL .

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Statement from CENTCOM commander Gen. Lloyd Austin condemning "savage murder" of Jordan pilot.

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Decision to strike militants in Iraq made by @CENTCOM  commander Gen. Lloyd Austin after authorization granted by Obama last night.

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