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.
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