A 67-year-old four star general, LIoyd Austin picked for the Defense Secretary by Joe Biden, and could announce the nomination on Tuesday.
According to reports, the elect US President Joe Biden is highly expected to nominate the retired General LIoyd Austin as his Defense Secretary, which going to be the first Africa American in the post, that’s if he probably confirmed by the Senate.
Joe Biden has passed over contenders for the job, in choosing Gen. Austin, such as former secretary of Homeland security Jeh Johnson and Pentagon official Michele Flounoy.
The Gen. LIoyd Austin formerly headed the U.S Central Command overseeing combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
Gen. Austin oversaw the U.S response to the rise of the Islamic State (IS), including a $500 million failed programme to get recruit Syrian fighters against IS, and also the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
But, with the situation on ground on the Defenese Secreatry, Gen. Austin nomination can’t be sure as U.S law requires a seven year cool off period from the army before becoming Defense Secretary, and he only need a waiver from U.S Congress if he is to be confirmed to the position.
However, if that probably happens, then it will be the second time in recent history with U.S. President Donald Trump having got a waiver for his nomination Jim Mattis, who also became Defense Secretary in 2017.
Reports clamed that, several analysis took to social media to criticise the nomination of a former military officer for a civilian role.
This seems like a terrible idea, from a civil military relations perspective. Georgetown University an academic and former Pentagon official Rosa Brooks said on Twitter.
“Lots of damage during the Trump era. Especially after Mattis, Kelly, McMaster, Flynn…. putting a recently retired 4 star, no matter how wonderful, into the top civilian DoD position sends the worst possible message.”
Another thing is that some criticised the fact that Gen. Austin had joined the board of arms manufacturer Raytheon after retirement.