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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 671-11
August 02, 2011

Statement by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Ashton B. Carter

            “I am delighted that the President has announced his intention to nominate Ashton B. Carter to serve as the next deputy secretary of defense.

             “Carter has excelled in his current role as under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. His rapid and responsive support to the warfighter, and technical and program expertise are transforming the way this department does business and acquires weapons systems.  His work has helped ensure that the weapons the United States military buys are more effective and more affordable.  He is also a top strategic thinker, serving during the Clinton Administration as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy and holding top academic posts at Harvard University. I look forward to having Ash as my partner as we drive solutions to the strategic management challenges facing the Department of Defense.

             “If confirmed by the Senate, Carter will succeed Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn, who will step down after an outstanding career of government service.  Bill has led this department in preparing for new strategic and fiscal realities.  He has shaped key major acquisition decisions, and was instrumental in crafting a new space policy, our first ever operational-energy strategy, and a landmark cyber strategy.  Secretary Gates and I have relied on his experience and expertise and his service will leave a lasting legacy.”