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NEWS UPDATE: Sec Lorenzana and US Defense Sec Lloyd Austin III talked over the phone to discuss WPS situation on April 11. Both are looking forward to resuming Balikatan exercises. In 2020, Pres. Duterte threatened to weaken our US ties by scrapping the VFA. | @jairobolledo 

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READ: Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana holds phone conference with US Secretary of Defende Lloyd Austin III. | via @MB_mrtnsdngdng 

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“There are always going to be people, because of what you look like, that will question your qualification,” says Defense Sec Lloyd Austin about racism he’s experienced in the military. “It doesn't change as you climb the ladder. You still get the doubts.”

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin reflects on the historical significance of being the first African American to serve as defense secretary: "What we want to make sure happens going forward is that I'm not the last African American secretary of defense."

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin reflects on the historical significance of being the first African American to serve as defense secretary: "What we want to make sure happens going forward is that I'm not the last African American secretary of defense."

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin tells @MarthaRaddatz  his extensive military career has given him a "great appreciation for the complexities of combat" in his role as a civilian leader. "You also have an appreciation for the impact combat has."

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin reflects on the historical significance of being the first African American to serve as defense secretary: "What we want to make sure happens going forward is that I'm not the last African American secretary of defense."

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin tells @MarthaRaddatz  the U.S. is "still developing the intelligence" on the recent rocket attack against U.S. forces at Ain al-Asad airbase: "But you can expect that we will always hold people accountable for their acts."

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin reflects on the historical significance of being the first African American to serve as defense secretary: "What we want to make sure happens going forward is that I'm not the last African American secretary of defense."

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin tells @MarthaRaddatz  the U.S. is "still developing the intelligence" on the recent rocket attack against U.S. forces at Ain al-Asad airbase: "But you can expect that we will always hold people accountable for their acts."

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Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin orders resignation of the hundreds of people that serve on the Pentagon’s 42 civilian advisory boards, effectively purging a number of Trump loyalists named to the boards in the Trump administration's final days.

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin orders resignation of the hundreds of people that serve on the Pentagon’s 42 civilian advisory boards, effectively purging a number of Trump loyalists named to the boards in the Trump administration's final days.

Newly-confirmed Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin sends "day one message to the force." “I am honored to have this chance to serve again and to do so alongside you and your families…I am proud to be back on your team.”

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At confirmation hearing, Sec. of Defense nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin says that if confirmed, he "will work hard to stamp out sexual assault and to rid our ranks of racists and extremists."

NEW: Newly-confirmed Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin sends "day one message to the force." “I am honored to have this chance to serve again and to do so alongside you and your families…I am proud to be back on your team.”

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At confirmation hearing, Sec. of Defense nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin says that if confirmed, he "will work hard to stamp out sexual assault and to rid our ranks of racists and extremists."

Happening now, a packed schedule of cabinet confirmation hearings: -DHS Sec nominee Alejandro Mayorkas -Treasury Sec nominee Janet Yellen -Director of National Intelligence nominee Avril Haines Later today: -Sec of State nominee Antony Blinken -Defense Sec nominee Lloyd Austin

JUST IN: President-elect Biden is expected to nominate retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be U.S. Sec. of Defense, according to two people familiar with the decision.

JUST IN: President-elect Biden is expected to nominate retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be U.S. Sec. of Defense, according to two people familiar with the decision.

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