Ashton Carter Said to Be Obama’s Choice as Defense Secretary

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Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

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President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter, a seasoned Pentagon official, to be his fourth defense secretary, succeeding departing Secretary Chuck Hagel, according to a U.S. official.

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