President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as his defense secretary, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Austin would be the first Black defense chief in U.S. history.

Because Austin has been out of uniform for less than seven years, he would be required under law to obtain a congressional waiver to serve in the post, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Biden told reporters Monday that he planned to name a defense secretary nominee Friday, with Politico reported that he is expected to choose Austin.

Austin is among at least two other leading candidates for the post — Michèle Flournoy, who served as a top Pentagon official during the Obama administration, and former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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