By a 93-5 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ashton Carter to become the new Secretary of Defense.
"He is one of America’s most experienced defense professionals, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike.
"In these positions, I have known him to be an honest, hard-working and committed public servant," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) said.
"Ash Carter served as a key leader of our national security team in the first years of my presidency, and with his overwhelming bipartisan confirmation by the Senate today, I’m proud to welcome him back as our next Secretary of Defense. With his decades of experience, Ash will help keep our military strong as we continue the fight against terrorist networks, modernize our alliances, and invest in new capabilities to keep our armed forces prepared for long-term threats.
"As Secretary of Defense, Ash will play a central role in our work with Congress to find a more responsible approach to defense spending that makes the department more efficient, preserves military readiness, and keeps faith with our men and women in uniform and their families. We have the strongest military in history of the world, and with Secretary Carter at the Pentagon and our troops serving bravely around the world, we’re going to keep it that way," President Obama said.