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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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Jun 10, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Recent Navy grad blocked from joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Kinley at a 2019 home game in Annnapolis. Photo: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A Navy football star who was set to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is no longer allowed to join, per The Capital's Bill Wagner.

The backdrop: Cameron Kinley signed with Tampa Bay on May 1, as a Trump-era policy enabled service academy graduates to pursue professional sports.

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Biden: U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end this year

Biden returning to the White House on July 25. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The United States' combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq will be completed "by the end of the year," President Biden said Monday prior to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Why it matters: Biden is close to shifting the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a fully advisory role more than 18 years after combat troops were sent to the country under the former President George W. Bush.

How extreme weather feeds inflation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

This summer's extreme weather is having ripple effects that could raise food prices in the U.S. and disrupt diets around the world.

Why it matters: Climate scientists and food supply experts, like those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, have long warned about the impact of human-caused global warming on prices, food shortages and hunger.