Carter Could Be Confirmed as Deputy Secretary Next Week
Ashton Carter’s nomination gained approval Wednesday from the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the Pentagon’s next deputy secretary.
The full Senate could take up Carter’s nomination next week, CQ reported. If confirmed, Carter, now the Pentagon’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, would replace William Lynn III and become the department’s second highest-ranked civilian official. In July, Lynn said he would step down as soon as a replacement is approved.
Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) praised Carter at his confirmation hearing last week, while urging him to accelerate efforts to reform DOD’s acquisition process. “You’ve helped to begin the process of bringing some of our largest acquisition programs under control, but we have a long way to go,” Levin said, according to CQ.
Since assuming his current post in April 2009, Carter has pushed to find cost savings in the budget, especially in acquisitions, and to redirect money to support warfighters and speed up the fielding of equipment and other needs to deployed troops. In his current position, Carter is responsible for overseeing the Pentagon’s installations and environment office.