Former Pentagon leaders call for congressional waiver for Biden nominee Lloyd Austin

Amid mounting uncertainty among Democrats, three Pentagon leaders from Democratic administrations joined a letter calling on Congress to issue a waiver for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee, recently retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, to serve as secretary of the Defense Department.

Austin is not eligible to serve in this position without a waiver because his retirement from the Army after four decades of service just four years ago does not fall within the legal requirement that he be out of uniform for seven years.

The three former Pentagon secretaries from the Obama and Clinton administrations are Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, and William Perry.

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