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Ashton Carter: Obama Nominates Physicist As Defense Secretary

Fri, December 5, 2014 9:12am EDT by Lauren Cox 1 Comment
Ashton Carter Defense Secretary

President Barack Obama has made his choice, and government official Ashton Carter has been nominated as the next Defense Secretary for the White House.

Ashton Carter, 60, is returning to the White House to work for President Barack Obama, 53. A new report claims that the former Deputy Secretary of Defense has been nominated by the president to take Chuck Hagel‘s place as Defense Secretary.

Ashton Carter Nominated As Defense Secretary By Obama

The president has made his decision.

On Friday morning, Dec. 5, Barack Obama will hold a live press conference from the White House, according to Fox News, in which he will confirm that he has nominated Ashton Carter as the new Defense Secretary.

Ashton will be taking the place of Chuck Hagel, who stepped down from the position in Nov. 2014 — reportedly because of differences with Barack Obama.

This is not the first time Ashton, who is a democrat, will be working closely with Obama. From 2011 to 2013, Ashton held the Deputy Secretary of Defense position.

Ashton Has Also Worked With President Bill Clinton

In the 90’s, Ashton worked as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during former President Bill Clinton’s first term.

He has also been a longtime member of two principal advisory boards to the Secretary of Defense: the Defense Science Board and the Defense Policy Board.

Not to mention, his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford — where he graduated a Rhodes Scholar — gives him an upper hand when it comes to discussing weapons of mass destruction and nuclear warfare.

Welcome back to the White House, Ashton!

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers — Do you think Ashton is the right pick for Defense Secretary? Tell us why or why not in the comments below!

— Lauren Cox

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