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Biden names ex-general, Raytheon director as defense secretary

President-elect Joe Biden named Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary. Austin is a retired four-star Army general and a board director of defense contractor Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Austin has been a member of Raytheon's board of directors since 2016, when he retired from the Army after more than 40 years of service.

Austin served in top military roles including head of the U.S. Central Command, vice chief of staff of the Army and director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

In addition to Senate confirmation, Austin would need House and Senate approval to waive the requirement that the defense secretary be a nonmilitary civilian for at least seven years before filling the role.