Defense Secretary Carter sworn in, calls for ‘best use’ of tax dollars

New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden in a ceremony at the White House.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 17, 2015) (RESTRICTED POOL) – New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday (February 17) after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm him last week.

Carter, 60, served from 2011 to 2013 as deputy defense secretary, the Pentagon’s No. 2 position. He was confirmed by a vote of 93-5 on Thursday.

In a speech after taking the oath of office, Carter said a top priority would be dealing with congressional funding for defense programs.

“I have a commitment to the future, to building a force for our future. That involves not only securing the resources we need, but making sure that we make the best use of the taxpayers’ dollar,” Carter said.

Carter is Obama’s fourth defense secretary, succeeding Chuck Hagel, who resigned under pressure last year.

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