Joe Biden, who was elected president of the United States, asked the administration’s Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist to act for the ministry until the candidate for Defense Secretary was approved in the Senate.
According to the reports of the US press based on names close to Biden, Biden demanded that the former Central Forces (CENTCOM) Commander, retired General Lloyd Austin, who will be appointed as the head of the Ministry of Defense, would be prolonged to the approval process and demanded Norquist to remain in office for a while.
The reason why Biden preferred David Norquist instead of Deputy Defense Secretary Christopher Miller for his mandate was interpreted in the media as the lack of cooperation during the transition period.
Lloyd Austin, chosen by Joe Biden as Defense Minister, is known to be the first black in the United States to serve as head of a combat command, and if approved by the Senate, he will be the first black figure to become Minister of Defense.
In the US, by law, a person cannot be appointed to any senior civilian post in the Ministry of Defense for up to 7 years after leaving the military profession.
As he retired in 2016, Austin must grant an exemption from this legal situation, as Congress gave Jim Mattis, nominated by US President Donald Trump in 2017.
On the other hand, it is alleged that many Congressmen do not want to grant Austin exemptions.
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