Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin picked an Air Force general to serve as the next Pentagon press secretary, a move that could spark controversy over the use of an active-duty military officer in a position that occasionally veers into the realm of partisan politics.
“He brings a wealth of experience, including joint and deployed assignments that will serve him well as he informs the media of our activities around the world,” Mr. Austin said in a statement released Thursday.
He will replace John Kirby, a retired Navy admiral who was moved to the White House where he now serves as the highly visible spokesman for the National Security Council. Mr. Kirby was the last active-duty military officer to hold the chief Pentagon spokesman job, during the Obama administration.
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