Deputy Secretary Of Defense To Step Down

October 10, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Deputy Secretary of the Defense Ashton Carter will step down on Dec. 4, Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday, according to Federal News Radio.

Details on why Carter is leaving his post were not immediately revealed, but Hagel praised Carter as an excellent employee.

“He is a brilliant strategist and an excellent manager who helped enhance the Department’s buying power, but Ash’s most recent tour of the department will be especially remembered for his tremendous efforts to provide more agile and effective support for our war fighters and their families,” Hagel said.

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