2014-12-05T162032Z_1007000003_LYNXNPEAB40UI_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-USA-DEFENSE-OBAMA-CARTER

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

U.S. President Obama puts his arm around former Pentagon official Carter after nominating Carter to be his next defense secretary, at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday nominated veteran defense expert Ashton Carter as his defense secretary, a job that will require him to tackle messy wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan and try to fend off potentially damaging budget cuts. In Carter, Obama chose a policy expert who has worked for 11 defense secretaries. The 60-year-old Carter pronounced himself ready to give Obama honest, strategic advice once he clears U.S. Senate confirmation, which should move quickly early next year. …

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