Ashton Carter Officially Unveiled as Defense Secretary Nominee

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter pledged Friday to be “candid” in the strategic and military advice to President Barack Obama if he is confirmed by the Senate as the country’s next defense secretary.

Carter made the remarks during a news conference at the White House to officially announce his selection as the successor to Chuck Hagel.

“I accepted it because of the seriousness of the strategic challenges we face, but also the bright opportunities that exist for America if we can come together to grab hold of them,” Carter said.

Carter served as deputy defense secretary from 2011 to 2013 and has also served as the Pentagon’s acquisition chief.

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