Likely Next Pentagon Head Carter Seen As Safe, Boring Choice
Ashton Carter is reportedly Obama's next pick for defense secretary, but though praised as qualified, there are worries he lacks clout.By Steven Sparkman, Jake Godin | December 2, 2014
Ashton Carter is a familiar face around the Pentagon, having served in the No. 2 spot for two years. Now, he's reportedly President Obama’s leading candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times all cite anonymous officials within the Obama administration saying Carter is next in line for the job, barring any last-minute complications. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense)
Carter has an unusual resume. He hasn't served in the military but earned a bachelor's degree in physics and medieval history from Yale and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford.