Tag Archives: Lloyd Austin

Cotton: There Was No Racism In Military Before Biden

The military blog Task & Purpose reports: A White senator from the South told America’s first Black defense secretary on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s nascent administration has witnessed the birth of racism and sexism within the military. The cause of this completely new phenomenon is allegedly the anti-extremism and diversity training that troops have taken so far this year, …

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Defense Sec Keynotes Pentagon Pride Event [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and other top department officials took part in the Pentagon’s 10th annual LGBT Pride Month celebration on Wednesday morning. In his comments, Austin commemorated the progress the military had come in standing up for LGBTQ+ rights but recognized that there was still work to come. Austin also commemorated the work of …

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Defense Sec To Keynote Pentagon Pride Month Event

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is set to deliver the keynote address for an upcoming event at the Pentagon recognizing Pride Month, the Washington Blade has learned. The event, which is scheduled to take place in the Pentagon auditorium on June 9, is coordinated by DOD Pride, the affinity group for LGBTQ civilian and …

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Defense Sec: I Recommended Strike On Syria [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday that officials believe killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling its intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran. The attack on a border-crossing station in eastern Syria, the first lethal operation ordered by the Biden administration against Iran’s …

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Military Leaders To Meet On Extremism In The Ranks

Axois reports: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has signed a memo ordering commanding officers and supervisors to hold a one-day “stand-down” to discuss extremism within the armed forces in the next 60 days, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Why it matters: After multiple current service members and veterans were arrested for their actions during the deadly Jan. 6 …

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Pentagon To Boot Hundreds Of Trump Appointees

The Washington Post reports: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has suspended the work of dozens of Pentagon advisory boards and asked hundreds of appointees to step down in what officials described as partly an effort to counteract a flurry of appointments that took place in the Trump administration’s final days. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the work of more than …

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Senate Approves Lloyd Austin As Secretary Of Defense

NPR reports: Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star Army general, has been confirmed by the Senate, making him the first Black secretary of defense in U.S. history. The Senate approved President Biden’s nomination for Pentagon chief in a near-unanimous 93 to 2 vote. Austin’s nomination was approved despite concerns raised on both sides of the aisle that he hadn’t been out …

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Biden To Name Gen. Lloyd Austin As Defense Secretary

Politico reports: Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, once viewed as a long-shot candidate to be President-elect Joe Biden’s defense secretary, has been chosen to lead the Pentagon, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The decision comes two weeks after Biden announced the other senior members of his national security team. In recent days, Austin, the former commander of …

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