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Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as the United States of America's 46th president on Jan. 20, 2021. This series, started before his inauguration, covers the efforts of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to build their administration.

Watch Live: Biden Introduces His Defense Department Pick

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, pictured in March 2016 when he served as commander of the U.S. Central Command, has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as defense secretary.
Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, pictured in March 2016 when he served as commander of the U.S. Central Command, has been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as defense secretary.

President-elect Joe Biden will on Wednesday introduce his nominee for defense secretary, despite some lawmaker concerns about naming a recently retired military officer to the key civilian Pentagon post.

Lloyd Austin, a retired U.S. Army four-star general who previously led the U.S. Central Command, has only been retired from active duty for four years and would require a waiver to become secretary of defense.

A day after writing an editorial endorsing Austin, Biden is holding an event to highlight his nominee. It's set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET. Watch their remarks live.

A source familiar with the discussions told NPR that Biden came to trust Austin and his experience during Situation Room briefings over the years when Austin was head of Centcom.

If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would be the first African American to lead the Defense Department.
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