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Obama to Choose Ashton Carter for Secretary of Defense

December 2, 2014


Ashton Carter, the man who served as deputy defense secretary for both Leon Panetta and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, will be nominated to take the top spot, according to a news report this morning.

CNN broke the news, quoting several administration officials.

Hagel resigned last week but is staying on until his successor is confirmed. Several names surfaced just after Hagel’s resignation, but a few of those people, including Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, and Michelle Flournoy, a former Pentagon official in Obama’s first term, took their names out of consideration.

Carter’s recent experience in the Pentagon would be an advantage. He is said to be adept at managing large budgets, which the Defense Department certainly has, although it is shrinking. However, he has never served in the military, which some could see as a drawback.

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