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Congress: Don’t Grant Austin a Waiver, but If You Do, Reform the Process

Congress shouldn’t wave through another recently retired general to serve as defense secretary. But if it does, it must turn this norm-breaking act into an opportunity to restore the United States’s commitment to civilian control of the military.

 

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

The Military Waiver Requirement for Secretary of Defense Shouldn’t Substitute Individuation

Gen. Lloyd Austin’s nomination for defense secretary has prompted many civil-military experts to criticize the pick as damaging to civilian control over the military. But the categorical assumptions the experts make are flawed.

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