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Jim Talent, American Enterprise Institute

After at least two leading candidates took their names out of contention for Defense Secretary, the President turned to Ashton Carter, a former deputy secretary. Carter first worked as a civilian analyst in the 1970s, and holds degrees in physics and medieval history. He held policy positions in both the Clinton and Obama adminsitrations. What can the military expect from a Secretary Carter? Former Senator Jim Talent, now a senior fellow and director of the National Security 2020 Project at the American Enterprise Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

Tags: American Enterprise Institute , Jim Talent , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , Chuck Hagel

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:38am EST
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AP: Ash Carter chosen as next Defense secretary

According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee to be next Defense secretary, putting him in line to take over for Chuck Hagel who resigned last week. Carter has served in the past as both the Deputy Secretary of Defense and as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon , Defense Secretary

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 11:12am EST

Hagel successor expected to fight more threats, increase DoD spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to resign Monday has produced plenty of speculation about his successor. Military experts retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro and Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the new DoD secretary will likely lobby Congress for more money to deal with new threats.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Robert Work , Jim Thomas , Arnold Punaro , Michele Flournoy , Jack Reed , Barack Obama , Pentagon , White House , budget , sequestration

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:12am EST
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Carter steps down, Fox appointed new acting deputy DoD secretary

As Ashton Carter leaves the Pentagon as its deputy defense secretary, the long-time public servant criticizes the political divisiveness in Washington as being detrimental to the readiness of U.S. forces.

Tags: Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , DoD , people , Christine Fox , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 12:31pm EST

DoD Deputy Ashton Carter to retire in December

Defense Department Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter will retire in December, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Carter plans to leave DoD Dec. 4, according to a statement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Tags: people , DoD

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 03:24pm EDT

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to lead Pentagon's drive for efficiencies

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has a new job: Help the Defense Department cut its headquarters budget by $40 billion over the next 10 years and streamline the Pentagon's organizational structure. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed in internal guidance Monday that Donley, who stepped down from the Air Force in June, would lead the efficiencies review.

Tags: DoD , budget , sequestration , Michael Donley , Air Force , Chuck Hagel , efficiencies , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 04:48pm EDT

DoD scrounges for cash to cancel civilian furloughs

The Pentagon says no decisions have been made, but eliminating 2013 furloughs is at the top of the funding priority list if it can find any excess funds.

Tags: DoD , Congress , sequestration , furloughs , Strategic Choices and Management Review , James Winnefeld , House Armed Services Committee , workforce , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/02/2013, 05:39am EDT
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