President Barack Obama will announce Friday that Ashton Carter is his pick to replace outgoing-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the White House confirms.
Carter is a well-decorated national security official who also is a former deputy defense secretary. The Philadelphia native has on several occasions been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal — the department’s highest honor — and has received multiple medals for his contributions to intelligence.
Carter was previously unanimously confirmed by the Senate for his deputy defense secretary job. So far, reaction to the potential nomination from Congress has been generally positive, with both Republicans and Democrats vocalizing support for his nomination.