Senate confirms new Pentagon chief

Senate confirms new Pentagon chief
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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Ashton Carter as President Obama’s new secretary of Defense in a 93-5 vote.

Carter, 60, will be the 25th secretary of Defense and Obama's fourth. He is expected to be sworn into office next week.

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Earlier this week, the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved Carter's nomination.

Republicans on the committee were particularly pleased that Carter said he would consider recommending that Obama modify his Afghanistan troop drawdown schedule, if necessary, and that he was inclined to arm Ukraine against Russian aggression.

Carter's nomination was well-received by both Republicans and Democrats, in contrast with outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelOvernight Energy: EPA moves to raise ethanol levels in gasoline | Dems look to counter White House climate council | Zinke cleared of allegations tied to special election Democrats offer legislation to counter White House climate science council Dozens of ex-officials warn Trump against White House panel on climate change MORE, whose confirmation fell almost on party lines.

Carter brings a wealth of Pentagon experience to the job, having served in a variety of rules, including as deputy Defense secretary.

"He is one of America’s most experienced defense professionals, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-senator challenges Trump to get X-rays proving he had bone spurs during Vietnam draft McSally spoke with Trump, said McCain deserved respect Trump rolls dice on uncertain economy MORE (R-Ariz.) said Thursday.

"In these positions, I have known him to be an honest, hard-working and committed public servant," he added.