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Pentagon Chief Supports Major Changes in the Way the Army Handles Sexual Assault Cases – NBC Chicago

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signaled lawmakers Thursday to support the stripping of authorities’ commanders to determine whether troops accused of sexual assault should be prosecuted. NBC News reports.

A shift that puts such decisions in the hands of independent legal authorities will make a big difference in how the military handles sexual assault cases.

According to defense officials, Austin will make his nomination to President Joe Biden in the coming weeks.

“As I said earlier, what we are doing is not working and needs to be fixed,” Austin said in a Senate Military Commission testimony.

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Pentagon Chief Supports Major Changes in the Way the Army Handles Sexual Assault Cases – NBC Chicago

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