Carter approved by U.S. Senate to be next Secretary of Defense

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

The U.S. Senate has approved the choice of Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense under President Obama.

Carter was previously the Deputy Defense Secretary for the Pentagon, the No. 2 position, from 2011-2013. Before that, from 2009-2011, Carter served as the Defense Department’s Chief Weapons Buyer. Here, he led a major restructuring of the F-35 fighter jet program.

On February 4 at Carter’s confirmation hearing, Carter said that he wanted to increase the country’s defense budget while decreasing the cost of a new weapon. He also said that though he wanted to give weapons to Ukraine, he still wanted to pressure Russia from an economic and political standpoint.

Another goal of Carter’s is to have troops get newer weapons and other technology in less time so they can use it in more combat.

It was not a surprise that Carter was chosen due to the fact that Carter had no true competitors for the job.

Carter replaces Chuck Hagel as the fourth secretary of defense under President Obama. Hagel resigned last year.