Obama to name Ashton Carter as defense secretary: White House
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (R) listens a President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. AP PhotoPresident Barack Obama on Dec. 5 will name former Pentagon deputy chief Ashton Carter to be his new defense secretary, a White House official said.
If confirmed Carter would replace Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation last month. Carter served as deputy defense secretary under Leon Panetta from October 2011 to December 2013.
Obama will make the announcement later Dec. 5 morning, joined by both Carter and Hagel, a White House official said on condition of anonymity.
Carter, 60, has gained a reputation as an expert on hi-tech weapons and military budgets, portraying himself as a reformer intent on making the vast Pentagon bureaucracy more efficient.
But he has less experience overseeing war strategy and has never served in uniform, unlike Hagel, who was wounded in the Vietnam War.