Senate Confirms Carter as Deputy Defense Secretary
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2011 The Senate today unanimously confirmed Ashton B. Carter as the next deputy secretary of defense.
Carter – currently undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics -- will succeed William J. Lynn III, who is stepping down.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta thanked the Senate for its “strong vote of confidence” in Carter.
“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,” he 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.”