posted at 03:50
Author Name: Armin Rosen
Its Official: A Secretary Of Defense Nominee Has Been Chosen
Ashton Carter, the former theoretical physicist who was briefly second-in-command at the Pentagon under Chuck Hagel, will be President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed Hagel as secretary of defense, Bloomberg TV reports. "Barring any last minute complications, Ash Carter will be President Barack Obama's choice as the new Secretary of Defense," several US administration officials reportedly told CNN last week. The selection comes after numerous front-runners for the job took themselves out of consideration, including former Pentagon policy head Michele Flournoy and Senator Jack Reed. Carter was "Responsible for the day-to-day management" of the Defense Department's 2.2 million employees during his 10 months as deputy secretary of defense under Hagel, but he resigned in October 2013 - possibly because of his discomfort with being passed over for the Pentagon's top job at the beginning of Obama's second term. During the first Obama administration, Carter spent two years as "The Pentagon's technology and weapons-buying chief," according to Fox News. Carter was influential in reorganizing US Cyber Command during his time at the Pentagon, and he helped to push cybersecurity as a priority for national security. Carter has largely served in behind-the-scenes-type roles as the Pentagon, including as a high-ranking international security policy official at the Defense Department under President Bill Clinton. Although likely a somewhat unknown figure outside of political circles, Carter is widely considered to be qualified for the job and has the approval of at least one Republican vocal on national security issues: On Nov. 24, Sen. Lindsey Graham called Carter as well as Reed and Flournoy "Solid choices for [an] important position."

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