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David Norquist Reportedly Tapped to Lead Pentagon While Lloyd Austin Awaits Senate Confirmation

This comes as Democrat Joe Biden gets set to be inaugurated as the next President of the United States on 20 January.

The US President-elect has chosen David Norquist, the present deputy secretary of defence, to lead the Defenсe Department, while Lloyd Austin, the retired Army general who is Biden’s choice to lead the department, awaits confirmation from Congress, Politico reported on Thursday.

US Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III, center seated, looks back to his military aide while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on 'US military operations to counter the Islamic State in Iraq'. - Sputnik International
'Person We Need in This Moment': Joe Biden Reveals Why He Chose Lloyd Austin for Defence Secretary

According to the Marine Corps Times, incoming administrations often keep the previous administration’s service secretaries or undersecretaries, as well as financial management leaders. This will help Biden to complete a revised Defense Department budget for the 2022 tax year, the paper says.

Last month, Biden officially confirmed that he would nominate Lloyd Austin to serve as the 28th defence secretary, adding that "he is the person we need in this moment". 

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