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Ash Carter

Ash Carter

The Senate unanimously confirmed Ash Carter as the next deputy secretary of defense on Friday.

Carter, who served as the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, replaces Bill Lynn who is stepping down.

“Ash has a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that will help this department keep faith with our troops and protect our nation,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said. “He is already an essential part of my team as an outstanding undersecretary of defense, and I look forward to his continued guidance and leadership as he assumes his new responsibilities.”

“Ash succeeds Bill Lynn, who served with distinction and was a tireless advocate for our men and women in uniform,” he continued. “I wish Bill and his family all the best for the future.”