New Pentagon chief launches campaign against rape in the army

The new Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin announced the start of the campaign to combat rape in the U.S. armed forces. This is stated in a memorandum that Austin announced on January 23 to military commanders and Defense Department leadership.

“I know you’ve been working on this problem for years. I tried to solve it myself when I was a commander. We need to recognize the hard truth: We need to do more,” the text of the memorandum

Austin demanded that his subordinates present a list of measures which were taken during the last year and which proved to be successful by February, 5.

On January 22, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lloyd Austin as the country’s secretary of defense. He became the first African-American to hold the post.

U.S. President Joe Biden nominated him to head the Pentagon in December 2020. It was noted that Austin left the armed forces in 2016 and needed congressional approval for the position.