Ashton Carter named new US defense chief, India-US ties likely to get a boost
Ashton Carter named new US defense chief, India-US ties likely to get a boost

Washington: President Barack Obama Friday named Ashton Carter, a former Pentagon second-in command, who once described India as destined to be America's security partner, as his new defense secretary in place of ousted Chuck Hagel.

Barack Obama to nominate Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief today
Barack Obama to nominate Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief today

US President Barack Obama will announce his choice of former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next secretary of defense on Friday, a White House official said.

India friend Ashton Carter is Obama pick for Pentagon chief

 Ashton Carter, former second in command at the Pentagon, credited with enhancing defence ties with India, is said to be President Barack Obama`s choice to replace Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was ousted last week.

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: Sources
Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: Sources

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as US defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said.

'Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon'

 US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Pentagon official Ashton Carter as US defense secretary, CNN reported on Tuesday.

US benefits from a capable Indian military: Carter

As the US initiated a range of country-specific measures to give a new thrust to its defence relationship with India, a top Pentagon official has said that America benefits from a strong and capable Indian military.

Pakistan flirted with terrorism as state policy: US official

A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Pakistan to shun terrorism to make peace with India, a top US defence official suggested that over time Islamabad "flirted" with terrorism as state policy.

Pentagon to field 4,000-strong cyber squad

The US Defense Department is close to launching a roughly 4,000-person cyber squad devoted to conducting cyber offence and defence operations, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

`US is not trying to contain China in Asia Pacific`

Deputy Secretary of Defence, Ashton Carter, told a Washington think-tank that the US was not trying to contain China in the region, rather, it was reaching out to the country.

US-India ties are global in scope: Pentagon

India is key part of efforts of Obama Administration to rebalance its Asia-Pacific posture to the broader security and prosperity of the 21st century, a top Pentagon official said.

Carter to focus on strengthening defence ties with

Ashton Carter is the top Pentagon official to travel to India after the last month`s highly successful India visit of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

F-35 now `unaffordable`: Defence official

The F-35 fighter jet is set to replace a large part of the US warplane fleet.