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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Next Deputy Defense Secretary

Ashton Carter

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter as the next deputy defense secretary.

Carter currently serves as undersecretary of defense, technology and logistics.

Carter replaces William Lynn, who announced his departure in July.

“Ash has a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that will help this department keep faith with our troops and protect our nation,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

“He is already an essential part of my team as an outstanding undersecretary of defense, and I look forward to his continued guidance and leadership as he assumes his new responsibilities.”

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