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    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin got in a scrap with Matt Gaetz (R-FL) when the congressman accused the Department of Defense of promoting critical race theory. Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, and as they defended the department’s budget proposals, they were questioned on whether critical race...
    WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, for the first time, said Tuesday he will support long-debated changes to the military justice system that would remove decisions on prosecuting sexual assault cases from military commanders.In a statement, obtained by The Associated Press, Austin said he supports taking those sexual assaults and related crimes away from the chain of command, and let...
    An extremist group like Al Qaeda may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military’s withdrawal from the country, the Pentagon’s top leaders said Thursday. It was the most specific public forecast of the prospects for a renewed international terrorist threat from Afghanistan since President Joe Biden announced in...
    Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton questioned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Thursday over “woke” military training, according to Fox News. Cotton questioned Austin during a Senate Armed Services Committee. “The military has included the works of critical race theories on its reading list by authors like Ibram Kendi and Robin D’Angelo. Mr. Kendi has written the only remedy to past discrimination...
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    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday said although he did not think the military is “fundamentally racist,” there is a focus on “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) grilled Austin on whistleblower complaints from service members who said they were essentially being taught critical race theory. Cotton said he and Rep....
    Sen. Tom Cotton claimed he had received hundreds of whistleblower complaints as he grilled Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the Pentagon's diversity training, which he described as 'anti-American indoctrination.' He repeatedly cut off America's first Black defense secretary as Austin tried to offer context about anti-racism training in the armed forces during a Senate hearing. Cotton has been a dogged...
    Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the U.S. military has “no apologies whatsoever” for enacting policies focused on diversity and inclusion that some Republican critics argue “emasculate” the military. Kirby made the comments during a Pentagon press briefing Wednesday, echoing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s rejection of the criticisms Monday. Republican critics have focused primarily on Biden’s decision to allow transgender...
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    As America celebrates another Memorial Day, remembering and honoring those who gave their lives in defense of our country and our freedoms, it is appropriate that we reflect also on the state of our armed forces, not so much in terms of where and how our forces are deployed (itself a timely and critical exercise for the Congress to deal...
    Savannah Rychcik May 31, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is pushing back against critics who believe increased diversity in the military is a sign of weakness. “It is not too soft. It will never be too soft. I think our adversaries would like to capitalize on talking points like that or the Chinese, the Russians,” Austin...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin used a Memorial Day interview to hit back at Ted Cruz's claim the US military is turning 'woke' and soldiers are becoming 'pansies'. Austin told CNN the US military will never be 'soft' and claimed adversaries like China and Russia 'would like to capitalize on talking points like that'. 'I will not lose one minute of...
    Republican Georgia Rep. Jody Hice sent a letter Monday to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin calling for answers over the removal of Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, the Space Force commanding officer who was relieved from duty over his criticisms of Marxism and critical race theory in the U.S. military. In a letter first obtained by the Daily Caller, Hice said...
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    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin briefed members of the press at the Pentagon for only the second time to say he was “hopeful” that the Afghan Armed Forces numbering some 300,000 could withstand continued Taliban attacks after the United States fully withdraws by September. The former commander of U.S. Central Command described progress executing President Joe Biden's orders to end America's...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.Personal Birth date: August 8, 1953Birth place: Mobile, AlabamaBirth name: Lloyd James Austin IIIRead MoreFather: Lloyd James Austin Jr., postal workerMother: Aletia Taylor Austin, homemakerMarriage: Charlene Denise (Banner) Austin (early 1980s-present)Children: Reginald Hill (stepson); Christopher Hill (stepson)Education: United States Military Academy, B.S., 1975; Auburn University, M.E., counselor education,...
    President Joe Biden nominated long-time defense official Christine Wormuth to be the Secretary of the Army on Monday, making her the first woman to hold the post if confirmed. Biden made the nomination among a suite of others announced Monday afternoon, including nominations for the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and other Defense Department roles. Wormuth has previously served...
    Axios U.S. unsure of Iran’s “seriousness of purpose” after Vienna nuclear talks This week’s nuclear talks in Vienna “met expectations” but did not assuage U.S. doubts about Iran’s willingness to negotiate in good faith over the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior State Department official told reporters on Friday.The state of play: Iran refused to meet directly with the U.S. but...
    National Review The Pernicious Myth of Shrinking Public-School Budgets Some myths never die. The Biden administration just proposed another $100 billion for school-building upgrades on top of the mostly unspent $193 billion in stimulus funding Congress had already allocated to K–12 education over the past year. Yet major media outlets are still repeating the verifiably false assertion that U.S. public-school...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Israel next week and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Axios reported Tuesday. Austin’s visit will be the first time a top-level member of President Joe Biden’s administration has traveled to the Middle East. He is expected to discuss a number of issues, but chiefly the ongoing efforts...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as the Biden administration continues to grapple with a timeline for bringing troops home from America's longest war. Austin visited the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials at the presidential palace. The defense chief spent roughly...
    Getty Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is sworn in as his wife Charlene Austin holds the Bible at the White House on January 25, 2021. Charlene Austin is a consultant for military service members and their families and the wife of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The couple has been married for more than 40 years. Lloyd Austin,...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, ahead of the May 1 deadline to withdraw U.S. forces from the embattled country. The military leader, who was flanked by tight security throughout the visit, met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Gen. Scott Miller, and U.S. diplomat Ross Wilson, among others. "I’m very grateful for...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as the Biden administration continues to grapple with a timeline for bringing troops home from America's longest war. Austin visited the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials at the presidential palace. The defense chief spent roughly...
    Lloyd Austin arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for his first trip to the war-torn country as Defense Secretary amid questions about how long US troops will remain in the country. Austin arrived in Kabul from India and is expected to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials, the Associated Press reported, citing state-owned Radio and Television...
    (CNN)Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Afghanistan Sunday on his first visit to the country as the United States' top defense official, meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials.Austin landed in Kabul Sunday morning for a previously unannounced visit after a stop in India, according to the press pool traveling with the secretary.The defense secretary's visit comes as...
    HONOLULU, HAWAII - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday he was traveling to Asia to boost military cooperation with American allies and foster "credible deterrence" against China. Austin kicked off via Hawaii, seat of the American military command for the Indo-Pacific region, his first foreign visits as Pentagon chief. "This is all about alliances and partnerships," he told...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's stated ambition to drive domestic terrorists and extremists out of the military amounts to a "witch hunt," former Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Thursday.  According to North, the military-wide stand-down ordered by Austin last month in an attempt to address the issue has resulted on "1.5 million man-days lost from readiness and preparing to deal...
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Tuesday approved an extension until May 23 of nearly 2,300 troops to support Capitol Hill police.  The United States Capitol police formally sent a request to the Department of Defense last week.  The request asked to keep over 2,000 National Guard service members for 60 days. The current mission was set to end March...
    Savannah Rychcik March 9, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden seemingly forgot the name of his defense secretary during an event at the White House. “I want to thank the sec… the, the former general. I keep calling him general, but my, my… the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the...
    Joe Biden seemed to forget the defense secretary's name and even his job title in a speech yesterday - calling Lloyd Austin the 'guy who runs that outfit over there.'  The president was announcing two women were to be promoted to elite, four-star general commands at a ceremony at the White House on International Women's Day. 'I want to thank Sec-,...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Monday appeared to forget the name of his defense secretary and resorted to saying “the guy who runs that outfit over there.” Biden, 78, was announcing the nomination of two female generals to lead American military combatant commands when he forgot Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s name. 2President Joe Biden referred to Defense Secretary Austin Lloyd as...
    President Joe Biden appeared to forget the name of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin when referring to him during a televised speech Monday. The president was announcing the nomination of two female generals — Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson — to a fourth star and important military commands when he appeared to forget...
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    The Guardian Top House Democrat Jim Clyburn: ‘No way we’d let filibuster deny voting rights’ In an interview with the Guardian, the House majority whip calls for a way around the legislative roadblock Jim Clyburn in Washington last year: ‘Develop a Manchin-Sinema rule on getting around the filibuster as it relates to race and civil rights.’ Photograph: Salwan Georges/The Washington...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States will do what is necessary to "protect" troops overseas after a targeted missile strike last month in Iraq. “We’ll strike, if that’s what we think we need to do, at a time and place of our own choosing. We demand the right to protect our troops,” Austin said on ABC's This...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit the COVID-19 vaccination site at Cal State Los Angeles as part of his first official trip as head of the Defense Department. Austin’s Wednesday trip will include the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs; the federally-supported vaccination site at Cal State Los Angeles, and naval facilities in San...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a video message Friday asking members of the military to tell commanders of any personal experiences with extremists or extremist ideology. Austin began by praising members of the military. “There’s not a single doubt in my mind that you take seriously your oath to the Constitution. And that you serve this country with honor and dignity,...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called on members of the military to share their experiences with extremism in a 60-day push aimed at reducing the scourge in the ranks. “We need your help,” Austin said during a five-minute training message while standing at the Pentagon press room podium. “I’m talking, of course, about extremism and extremist ideology — views and conduct...
    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to reaffirm the “strategic defense partnership” between the two nations and discuss recent changes to U.S. policy on Yemen, the Pentagon said. Why it matters: The call comes just days after the White House said it would “recalibrate” its relationship with Saudi Arabia, and return to...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was silent Thursday on whether the Biden administration will commit to a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of a fast-approaching May deadline. Meanwhile, as Austin’s first NATO ministerial meeting as secretary wrapped up, he praised the alliance for promising to increase its troop level in Iraq dramatically. “He told the allies that the...
    President Joe Biden will pay tribute to black service members on Tuesday in his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief. His stopover comes as the president goes about business as usual while the Senate hears House prosecutors make the case to impeach former President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting the January 6th riot on Capitol...
    RETIRED army general Lloyd Austin, who was recently appointed to President Joe Biden's cabinet, has dedicated most of his life to the US military. Lloyd, an Alabama native said it was an "honor and privilege" to make up part of Biden's diverse cabinet. 4US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services...
            by Eric Lendrum  Joe Biden’s Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has issued an unprecedented “stand down” order for the entirety of the United States military over the course of the next 60 days, for the purpose of addressing alleged “extremism” in the military’s ranks, as reported by Breitbart. Austin announced the decision in a Tweet on Wednesday, saying...
    Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak asked Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) about Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s claim that “extremism in the military” necessitates a 60-day “stand down” order across the armed services to address. Last week, Austin issued a military-wide order for commanders to spend the next 60 days discussing “extremism” with military personnel. Today, I met with senior...