The vote on whether to grant General Austin a waiver is a vote on whether the waiver will be a real constraint in the future.
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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.
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.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on the nomination of Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper to be secretary of defense. Read his prepared testimony here. Watch the hearing live below and here.
The Secretary of Defense has released the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. The full document is below:
As noted here, a law forbidding retired military officer from serving as Secretary of Defense until seven years after retirement currently stands in the way of the Mattis nomination, and will require fresh legislation to overcome. Now the path towards obtaining that legislation is beginning to come into focus.