Lloyd Austin comes to this position after retiring as a 4 star general in 2016. Born in Mobile, Alabama he was educated at the US Military Academy at West Point, then received a Masters Degree at Auburn University, and an MBA at Webster University. He holds much advanced coursework in army operations. He was 41 years in uniform with his last years in Iraq leading the Army’s 3rd Division and subsequent leader of all Iraq operations. There he earned a Silver Star.
Upon retirement he has served on the boards of military contractors and health care organizations.
Monitoring the Secretary’s web site he is profoundly busy. As of this writing on 11/21/22, on 11/19 he addressed a forum in Canada, “Why Ukraine Matters,” and then he began travels to Indonesia.
As the US Department of Defense states, “Mr. Austin is the principal assistant to the President in all matters relating to the Department of Defense and serves on the National Security Council.” Believe we are in good hands, don’t you?