• Deputy defense chief to be temporary acting DOD secretary

    5 days ago - By My Sanantonio

    WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist has been asked to serve as the acting secretary of defense for President-elect Joe Biden until a permanent Pentagon chief can be confirmed by the Senate, U.S. officials said Thursday.
    Officials said Norquist agreed, and that other defense officials were told of the selection on Wednesday evening. Biden has chosen retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as his defense secretary, but Austin must receive a waiver from both the House and Senate to be considered for the job.
    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel...
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  • Biden Asks Trump Holdover to Run Pentagon, Temporarily

    Biden Asks Trump Holdover to Run Pentagon, Temporarily

    5 days ago - By Newser

    The history books will reflect that Joe Biden's very first defense secretary was an appointee of Donald Trump. But David Norquist will not be in the role very long. Politico reports that Biden will ask Norquist, who currently serves as deputy secretary of defense, to run the Pentagon until his...
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  • Biden taps Trump appointee Norquist to be his temporary Defense secretary

    Biden taps Trump appointee Norquist to be his temporary Defense secretary

    5 days ago - By Politico

    President-elect Joe Biden taps current Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist to temporarily run the Pentagon while the new team awaits confirmation of a permanent DoD chief, according to four people familiar with discussions.
    Norquist, the Pentagon's confirmed No. 2 since July 2019, would take over on Jan. 20 and run the Defense Department as acting chief until the Senate confirms retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for the position.
    Austin's confirmation has been delayed as the next administration seeks a waiver for him to serve, which must be approved by both houses of Congress. Retired...
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