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Biden Choices for Defense Secretary Down to Two Blacks, Woman: Report

President-elect Joe Biden reportedly has two prominent Blacks on the short list for his choice to lead the Pentagon.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and retired four-star Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, alongside veteran Pentagon official Michèle Flournoy, are the final contenders for defense secretary, CNN reported.

Either Johnson or Austin would be the first Black to head the Department of Defense, while Flournoy would be the first woman.

Johnson served as general counsel at the Pentagon and Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama. Austin, who led Central Command during the Obama era, sits on the board of directors of Raytheon, a major defense contracting firm.

Austin would need a congressional waiver before confirmation because he retired from active-duty service only four years ago, CNN reported.

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