Ashton Carter Tapped for Defense Secretary

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Pentagon acquisitions chief Ashton Carter takes a reporter's question after it was announced that Boeing won a contract to build new refueling planes for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

The Daily Beast confirms reports that President Obama is expected to nominate Ashton Carter to be the next secretary of defense. The White House has not made an official announcement about the president’s choice to succeed Chuck Hagel. Carter, the former deputy secretary of defense, has apparently edged out Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to lead the Pentagon.