Obama considering Ashton Carter, others for next defense secretary

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter adjusts his glasses during his meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Watanabe during their meeting in TokyoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is considering a variety of high-profile figures as his candidate to be the next U.S. defense secretary and replace the resigning Chuck Hagel, administration sources said on Monday. He is working from a list that includes former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who is widely seen as the front-runner after former defense official Michele Flournoy unexpectedly dropped out of contention last week. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013 and was the Pentagon’s chief arms buyer before that. …

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