Obama Nominates Ashton Carter for Defense Secretary

World | December 5, 2014, Friday // 20:51|  views

US President Barack Obama (R) nominates former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) to be Secretary of Defense during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA 05 December 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

President Barack Obama has nominated former senior Pentagon official Ashton Carter as US Secretary of Defense.

If confirmed by the Senate, Carter will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who resigned in November.

60-year-old Carter was deputy secretary of defense between 2011 and 2013, serving as the Pentagon's chief operating officer under both Hagel and Hagel's predecessor, Leon Panetta, according to reports of CBS News.

The Huffington Post informs that Carter, if confirmed, will be the fourth defense secretary to serve in the Obama administration, following Hagel, Leon Panetta and Robert Gates.

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