Biden Pick for Pentagon Chief Clears Senate Hurdle

The Senate voted 69-27 Thursday to approve a waiver allowing retired Army General Lloyd Austin to serve as Joe Biden’s secretary of defense, putting him one step closer to confirmation despite not meeting the usual requirement of being out of the military seven years or longer.

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Pentagon Falls Behind on Plan to Replace ‘Forever Chemicals’ at Military Bases

Research into alternatives for the toxic chemicals found in military firefighting foam is underway but no viable option has yet been found and the pandemic has delayed progress, a Defense Department official told House lawmakers Tuesday.

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft Over Amazon for $10B Contract

The Pentagon announced Friday that it has completed a reevaluation of cloud computing proposals and will award a $10 billion contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon, despite a court order blocking the contract in light of claims that President Trump’s bias against Amazon influenced the decision.

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