At a time when there exist widespread challenges related to military across the globe, the Senate will be holding hearings from next week on deciding over granting confirmation to US President Barack Obama’s pick Ashton Carter for the post of the new defense secretary.
The hearings are scheduled to commence in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
If the Senate votes in support of Carter, he would replace Secretary Chuck Hagel, who had announced his resignation in December 2014 following the confirmation of his replacement.
Being the Obama’s pick, Carter is tend to face an array of challenges during the hearing, including issues related to president’s key decision such as immigration.
60-year-old Carter is a relatively ambiguous, yet seasoned, national security expert of Washington. He held the post of the country’s deputy defense secretary between October 2011 and December 2013.
Carter, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the fourth Pentagon chief picked by Obama in his nearly six-year administration.
Obama nominated Carter for the top post in early December within eight days of Hagel abruptly announcing his decision to quit from his less than two years of service, claiming he was under White House pressure.
If selected, Carter would be facing a number of serious challenges soon after assuming the chair of defense secretary. Some of these challenges are the deadly Ebola virus outbreak that has required unexpected demand of US troops, the Iraq extremism issue, combating terror activities in Afghanistan and the Middle East and many more.