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Ashton Carter, Martin Dempsey Ask Senate Panel for Help to End Sequester

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey visited Capitol Hill this week to discuss the potential impact of sequestration on U.S. military readiness with Senate lawmakers, DoD News reported Tuesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes that Carter endorsed President Barack Obama’s request for a higher defense budget for fiscal 2016 …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary

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 …

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Senate Armed Services Panel Moves Ashton Carter Nomination Forward

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Ashton Carter for the defense secretary post, SASC Republicans said on Twitter Tuesday morning. Twenty-five committee members cast their votes in favor of Carter’s appointment and a full Senate vote could take place as early as Wednesday, the official Twitter feed for …

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Ashton Carter Picks Advisory Team for Transition to Top Defense Role

Ashton Carter, Defense Department secretary nominee, has named three external advisers to help him through the confirmation process until the latter part of January, Government Executive reported Wednesday. Gordon Lubold reports that Carter has tasked former Defense Business Board Chairman Michael Bayer to be his point man and work alongside Sally Donnelly and Dave Copp, who have previously …

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Ashton Carter Officially Unveiled as Defense Secretary Nominee

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 …

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CNN: Ashton Carter the Lead Defense Secretary Candidate

According to a report by CNN, former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is the lead candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and will receive the nod from President Barack Obama “barring any last minute complications.” Jamie Crawford and Barbara Starr report that Carter appears to be open to a return to …

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Ashton Carter: U.S. Seeks Weapons Development Ties with India

The United States is looking to  carry out a year-old defense trade agreement signed with India by stepping up cooperation in joint production and development of weapons, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes Deputy Defense Sec. Ashton Carter told reporters the deeper defense ties mean technology transfers and priority funding …

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