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Barack Obama nominates Ashton Carter for defence secretary

Barack Obama nominates Ashton Carter for defence secretary
In Carter, Obama gets a policy expert who has worked for 11 defense secretaries. The 60-year-old Carter pronounced himself ready to give Obama candid, strategic advice once he clears U.S. Senate confirmation, which should move fairly quickly.

Carter will take charge as the U.S. military fights Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, helps combat Ebola in West Africa, winds down in Afghanistan, and continues to deal with spending cuts from Congress, Obama said.

“He knows the Department of Defense inside and out, all of which means that on Day One, he’s going to hit the ground running,” Obama said.Obama praised Carter for his “true regard, his love for men and women in uniform and their families” and credited Carter with rushing body armor and vehicles to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan dealing with roadside bombs.

Hagel had privately expressed frustration with the administration’s strategy on Iraq and Syria and at his lack of influence over decisions.
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