Ashton Carter’s big job at Defense

The Editorial Board
The Washington Post

ASHTON B. Carter, President Obama’s nominee to be his fourth defense secretary, is supremely qualified to manage the Pentagon. Even in a polarized Congress, he is likely to be swiftly confirmed. Having served seven years in senior defense positions, he is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the department’s most pressing challenges, including procurement, cyberwarfare, nuclear weapons and missile defense. Mr. Obama was no doubt correct to say Friday of Mr. Carter, a 60-year-old Rhodes scholar renowned for his intellect, that “on day one he’s going to hit the ground running.”

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