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Obama will nominate Ashton Carter as Defense secretary, officials say
Obama will nominate Ashton Carter as Defense secretary, officials say

President Obama is expected to nominate Ashton Carter, a physicist with extensive experience in the Pentagon’s leadership, as secretary of Defense to replace Chuck Hagel, according to administration officials. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter will lead the Pentagon as it expands military operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and deals with a resurgent Russia and renewed violence in Afghanistan. The military will also rebalance forces in Asia, even as it faces budget constraints and a cutback in troop levels. Carter could prove more aggressive than the self-effacing Hagel in defending the administration's policies in public, and at pushing back in...

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