Blowout vote: Austin passed 93-2 with senators saying they were confident civilian control of the military was secure in his hands
Into work: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, head for their Pentagon offices as Joe Biden’s pick becomes the first ever black Pentagon chief
Daily Mail: Senate confirms Lloyd Austin making him the first black defense secretary as former general gets approved 93-2
* Retired four star general Lloyd Austin will be Joe Biden’s Defense Secretary and the first ever African American to lead the Pentagon
* Austin ran Central Command, which oversees forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan, until 2016 * 67-year-old West Point graduate had 41-year Army career including vice chief of Army staff and commander of all forces in Iraq
* Is second member of Biden cabinet to be confirmed after Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines
* Senate and House had to give waiver because of his recent military service – only third after George Marshall in 1950 and Jim Mattis in 2017
Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense.
The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member; Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence.
The two objections came from Republicans Josh Hawley and Mike Lee.
Biden is expected to win approval for others on his national security team in coming days, including Antony Blinken as secretary of state.
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — January 22, 2021
National Guard are allowed back inside the Capitol after 5,000 were forced to take their breaks in parking lot by Capitol Police – sparking outraged governors of Florida and New Hampshire to recall their troops — Daily Mail
National Guard troops kicked out of Senate are back in Capitol following outrage from lawmakers, public — Military Times
The border emergency is canceled, but thousands of troops there aren’t scheduled to go home — Military Times
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Okinawa Marines ban most off-base activities as island’s coronavirus case numbers climb — Stars and Stripes
The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships Are a Slow, Broken Mess — Popular Mechanics
U.S. Navy Supports Maiden Deployment of Royal Navy’s New Carrier — Maritime-Executive
Navy Working on Better Maintainability, Self-Sufficiency for LCS and Rest of Surface Fleet — USNI News
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To Rule the Invisible Battlefield: The Electromagnetic Spectrum and Chinese Military Power — War On The Rocks
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US to resume processing thousands of stalled visas for Afghans who aided Americans — Washington Post
Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty — Military.com/Canadian Press
North Korea’s new sub missile is first step toward a new ICBM — Foreign Policy