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Ash Carter officially nominated for U.S. secretary of defense

Posted at 8:33 AM, Dec 05, 2014

As expected, President Barack Obama has officially nominated Ashton Carter to be the next U.S. secretary of defense.

Carter is the former second-in-command at the Pentagon and will replace Chuck Hagel, who served in the position for two years.

Hagel's resignation was announced Nov. 24. Reports circulated Dec. 2 that Carter would likely be Obama's next choice.

Carter served as deputy defense secretary under Hagel, and prior to that, under Leon Panetta. His strength, according to CNN, is managing a large budget, and understanding trends and technology of warfare.