U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III addresses military recruits during an induction ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

By: Justin Boggs

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to name General Lloyd J. Austin as his nominee for secretary of defense, POLITICO and the New York Times reported, citing unnamed transition sources.

If confirmed, Austin would become the first Black person to lead the Pentagon. In addition to needing Senate confirmation, Austin will also need a waiver, as there is a seven-year waiting period after leaving the military in order to become defense secretary.

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Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.

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