Ashton Carter
Former Pentagon analyst is named acting deputy secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON — President Obama has named Christine H. Fox to be acting deputy Defense secretary, making the former chief of weapons cost analysis the most senior woman in Pentagon history. Fox will replace Ashton Carter, who has stepped down. She was described by officials as a temporary choice while the search continues for a permanent deputy to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Her hiring reflects the administration's need to place an experienced manager in the Pentagon's second-ranking position at a time when it is facing steep budget cuts. In a statement, Hagel called Fox "a brilliant defense thinker and proven manager" who "knows the intricacies of the...