Joe Biden’s staff noted the experience and impeccable service of Lloyd Austin, the Pentagon nominee.
Earlier it was reported that Biden, who won, according to preliminary data, the presidential election in the U.S., will nominate retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense.
“Austin, who was named Secretary of Defense with honors, served the military for four decades, has extensive experience and has received many awards. He’s a commander who has served with distinction in several of the most important positions at the Pentagon,” the release said.
Biden headquarters noted that Austin played a key role in the fight against terrorism in Syria and in the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
“General Austen shares my deep belief that our country is strongest when our leadership is based not only on our strength, but also on the strength of our example,” Biden said.
Austin, a former Army Gen. and head of U.S. Central Command, resigned in 2016. With his recent retirement from active duty, he will need special congressional approval to take up the civilian post of Secretary of Defense. For example, the first chief of the Pentagon under Donald Trump, also retired general James Mattis, received such authorization.