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– Protection takes motion. President Joe Biden’s protection secretary choose was one in all his most debated Cupboard posts, with the ultimate alternative coming right down to former undersecretary of protection Michele Flournoy and retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, who finally ended up successful the place.
The selection disappointed some women who had been gunning for Flournoy to interrupt the glass ceiling on the Division of Protection. However Austin—who himself is the primary Black protection secretary—is shortly exhibiting that problems with gender and id might be on the forefront of his and Biden’s agenda for the DOD.
Over the weekend, Austin ordered Pentagon leaders to review their efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment within the navy. His task for his reviews was much more formidable than Biden’s 90-day fee to seek out options to sexual assault within the navy. “I don’t wish to wait 90 days to take motion,” Austin wrote in a memo. From the killing of soldier Vanessa Guillen to the newer assault and dying of soldier Asia Graham, it’s clear that point is—as ever—of the essence on this concern.
Then, on Monday, Biden reversed President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, reestablishing Obama-era protections for trans service-members. Austin and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, stood beside Biden within the Oval Workplace for that signing.
Following 4 years of an administration that was on the other aspect of problems with gender id and tended to be extra lenient to these accused of sexual harassment—as seen in Betsy DeVos’s decisions at the Education Department—it’s not shocking that these two points could be high priorities for the brand new White Home.
What’s new is the urgency Austin has for addressing this concern, aside from his boss’s broader agenda. The directive on navy sexual harassment was Austin’s very first since he was confirmed to the place. “This can be a management concern,” the secretary wrote in his memo. “We’ll lead.”