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Obama to Name Ashton Carter as Next US Defense Secretary

A White House official says former deputy Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will be nominated as the next secretary of defense. The official, who spoke anonymously, says President Barack Obama will later Friday announce his choice of Carter, a physicist and high-tech weapons expert. As deputy defense secretary from 2011 to 2013, Carter was the Pentagon's top weapons buyer. He is said to enjoy bipartisan support in Washington. If confirmed by Congress, Carter will replace Chuck Hagel,...

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