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Obama nominates Ashton Carter as new Pentagon chief

Carter pledges to offer Obama ‘most candid strategic advice’ if confirmed

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary, saying Carter “brings a unique blend of strategic perspective and technical know-how” to the job.

At a small ceremony, Carter told Obama that if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, “I pledge to you my most candid strategic advice.”