Looks like it’s Ashton Carter for SECDEF

Looks like it’s Ashton Carter for SECDEF

Mr. Carter, 60 years old, a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and former Harvard University professor, will be…comfortable wading into the intellectual debates that surround national-security decision making in the Obama administration, according to his friends and allies. …

Mr. Carter’s nomination could come later this week, and he will face questioning early next year from Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

On Tuesday, Mr. McCain said he was inclined to support Mr. Carter’s nomination. …

While Mr. Carter has held Pentagon policy jobs in President Bill Clinton ’s administration, he is better known for management, acquisition, and budget expertise than for war-fighting.

On Tuesday, Mr. Earnest talked up Mr. Carter, while stopping short of saying Mr. Obama had made a final decision.

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