Senators wrestling with implications of Austin's nomination

By Tony Bertuca / January 12, 2021 at 1:03 PM
The Senate Armed Services Committee, in advance of a scheduled Jan. 19 nomination hearing for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary, today questioned experts about the perceived erosion of civil-military relations at the Pentagon. Some lawmakers said they are uncomfortable supporting Austin's nomination and the trend it could set. Austin, who retired from the Army in 2016, requires a waiver from Congress allowing him to serve as defense secretary as he has been retired for fewer...

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