White House defence choice puts continuity before change

US President Barack Obama with Ashton Carter after announcing the nomination (photo: dpa)
US President Barack Obama with Ashton Carter after announcing the nomination (photo: dpa)

Ashton Carter goes before a Senate hearing in February 2015 to be confirmed as the new US Defence Secretary, President Barack Obama’s fourth in six years. An experienced Pentagon hand, Ashton Carter first worked there as an analyst when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, and is considered more of a team player than his predecessor, Chuck Hagel. He will need to be: the department faces renewed budget pressure and a hostile Congress.

WHEN Ashton Carter goes to Capitol Hill to face a confirmation hearing before the 26-member US Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2015, he will be seeking to become President Barack Obama’s fourth defence secretary in six years. Clearly, it is a...

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