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Biden to pick retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Joe Biden plans to name retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as his secretary of defense, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: This will be the second administration in a row to go against the tradition of civilian control at the Department of Defense.

  • Austin will require a waiver from Congress, just as Gen. James Mattis did in 2017, because he hasn’t been retired enough time since being on active duty.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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