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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as the country’s next defense secretary in the same week that Congress received an authorization request from the White House for use of military force against the Islamic State group.

Carter’s nomination for the role moved through the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday via a unanimous vote and the final vote tally for the full Senate Thursday was 93-5 in favor of his appointment.

During his confirmation hearing with the committee in early February, he discussed options the U.S. had for military support to Ukraine and withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

The military’s budget picture was also a topic of discussion between Carter and lawmakers then.

Carter served as deputy defense secretary between 2011 and 2013; as deputy undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics between 2009 and 2011; and as assistant defense secretary for international security policy between 1993 and 1996.

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