The U.S. Senate confirmed the candidacy of Lloyd Austin to head the Pentagon.
Ninety-three senators voted in favor of his nomination and two voted against it.
For applicants for the post of civilian defense secretary who retired less than seven years ago, special congressional authorization is required.
Austin resigned in 2016. The day before, his nomination was supported by the Senate Select Committee.
Austin is 67 years old and has the rank of four-star general. Austin became the first African-American to head the defense department. He served in Germany and many places in the United States, served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commanded a division, and by 2006 had risen to lieutenant general.
In 2010, Austin became commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq and was responsible for the gradual withdrawal of troops from the country. In December 2011, he was named deputy commander of the Army staff and from 2013-2016, he led U.S. Army Central Command. In that capacity, he played a key role in developing Washington’s strategy to combat the Islamic State.
Since his retirement in 2016, he has served on the board of directors of Raytheon, a major weapons manufacturer.