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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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How Did a Trump Loyalist Come to Be Named NSA General Counsel—And What Should Biden Do About It?

Trump political appointee Michael Ellis has been named to an important career position. Congress should investigate the suspicious circumstances of the selection, and the Biden transition should think carefully about what to do on Jan. 20.

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