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Gen. Milley key to military continuity as Biden takes office

Donald Trump
Posted at 9:02 AM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 09:02:31-05

WASHINGTON -- When the incoming Biden administration takes charge of a Pentagon rocked by four years of leadership churn, it'll look mainly to one holdover to provide continuity.

That'll be Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President-elect Joe Biden will inherit Milley as his senior military adviser, and although Biden could replace him, Milley is likely to be retained. He's in the second year of a four-year term as the military’s top officer.

Milley's presence early in Biden's presidency would be a source of stability at a time of war and uncertainty on the international front.

Biden's pick for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, is awaiting confirmation by the Senate.