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On Thursday afternoon, the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter as the secretary of defense in a 93 to 5 vote. Carter weathered a mild storm during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Feb. 4, at least compared to the grilling his predecessor Chuck Hagel took. Carter is expected to be sworn into office sometime next week, and will be President Barack Obama’s fourth secretary of defense over his two terms.

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