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Sailors and Marines stand on the deck of the USS New York in 2019. Photo: Johannes EISELE / AFP

President Biden will tap Carlos Del Toro, a retired commander, to become secretary of the Navy, the White House announced Friday.

Why it matters: Del Toro, the CEO of a tech solutions company, has nearly 40 years of experience in national security, naval operations, budgeting and acquisition, per the White House. If confirmed by the Senate, Del Toro would be the second Latino to serve in the position.

  • The first was Eduardo Hidalgo under former President Carter.

His background: Del Toro was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1962 as refugees. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983, he served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm before taking on senior-level roles at the Pentagon.

  • He has served as CEO and president of SBG Technology Solutions for the last 17 years, supporting defense programs in Navy issue areas including shipbuilding, AI, cybersecurity, acquisition programs and space systems.
  • He is backed by home-state Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) per Politico, and was recently appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Special Commission on Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion.

"Del Toro would enter the Pentagon at a transformational moment for the Navy, which is struggling to align flat budgets with a modernization plan that calls for new classes of nuclear-powered submarines, a new 6th-generation fighter and new frigates and destroyers," Politico writes.

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Updated Sep 9, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden forces out former Trump officials from military academy advisory boards

Former senior counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and former press secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Biden administration has asked 18 members of military service advisory boards, including 11 officials appointed by former President Trump, to resign or be fired, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: The officials include prominent former Trump advisors — like former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former press secretary Sean Spicer —who were appointed to Air Force Academy and Naval Academy boards respectively just before the former president left office.

Scoop: Trump's new social network quietly courting influencers

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Former President Trump’s elusive new social media network Truth Social — which plans to go public — is reaching out to internet influencers asking them to “reserve their spots” for when it launches in February or March.

Why it matters: The outreach doesn’t mention Trump’s name or affiliation. Some influencers suggest that could be a ploy to enlist their support without realizing the affiliation.

The SAT is going digital

A practice SAT. Photo: Alex Garcia/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The College Board announced Tuesday that the SAT will be delivered digitally in the U.S. in 2024.

Why it matters: The College Board said it's seeking to make the SAT "more relevant," as some colleges start to ditch the college admissions exam altogether.