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Ashton Baldwin "Ash" Carter is a physicist and United States Department of Defense official who was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 5, 2014, to replace Chuck Hagel as the United States Secretary of Defense. He was Deputy Secretary of Defense from October 2011 to December 2013, serving as the DOD’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing more than $600 billion per year and 2.4 million civilian and military personnel, and managing global 24/7 operations. From April 2009 to October 2011, he was Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with responsibility for procurement of all technology, systems, services, and supplies, bases and infrastructure, energy and environment, and more than $50 billion annually in R&D. Previously, Carter was a senior partner of Global Technology Partners focused on advising investment firms in technology and defense, and an advisor to Goldman Sachs on global affairs. At Harvard’s Kennedy School, he was Professor and Chair of the International Relations, Science, and Security faculty.

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It takes, as is frequently noted, a network to fight a network. This is going to be our network for fighting ISIL on a regional and, indeed, a global basis, that's the reality -- the recognition of that (is) behind the concept of linking together American counterterrorism and military nodes in the region and around the world so that they operate more smoothly together, so that they can focus on this network wherever it is.

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It has been disappointingly slow, so I'm reluctant to make a time projection, i am certain it will fall, and we will assist.

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We're going to have to do more in Libya. ISIL is becoming a magnet for groups that previously existed in some cases and that are now re-branding themselves as ISIL, but it's worse than that because ... they're also gaining energy from the movement in Iraq and Syria, which is why we need to destroy it in Iraq and Syria.

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There should be no mistake : The United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as U.S. forces do all over the world, america, alongside its allies and partners in the regional architecture, will not be deterred from exercising these rights.

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We're going to continue moving forward with that program.

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I said the number 60, and I can look out at your faces and you have the same reaction I do, which is that that's an awfully small number.

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We make sure that they, for example, aren't going to pose a green-on-blue threat to their trainers; that they don't have any history of atrocities.

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The terrorism threat to the West, including the United States, from AQAP is a longstanding and serious one, that one we will keep combatting. We obviously will change the way we do that in accordance with the circumstances there.

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Finishing the job there is very important.

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We've got a lot of work to do, the taxpayer cannot comprehend it, let alone support the defense budget when they read ... of cost overruns, lack of accounting and accountability, needless overhead, and the like. This must stop.

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Not only is our civilian infrastructure susceptible to cyberattack, but we have to be concerned about our military infrastructure, there's no point in having planes and ships and armored vehicles in today's world if the network is itself vulnerable.

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We need partners on the ground to beat ISIS.

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The nature of those arms, I can't say right now, but I incline in the direction of providing them with arms, including, to get to what I'm sure your question is, lethal arms.

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This is a crime, and its prevalence suggests we're not doing everything that we can, that we need to do, to root out that crime.

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I pledge to make needed change in the Pentagon but also to seek support from Congress, because I know that in the end, Congress holds the power of the purse, i look forward to a partnership with this committee, and what can be a period of historic advance.

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We need to support Ukraine in defending themselves.

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I believe foreign fighters pose a threat to the U.S., and that this threat is exacerbated by the ongoing political and security instability in Libya, if confirmed, I will focus attention on the foreign fighter flow as the department works with regional partners in North Africa to address the challenge posed by the terrorist safe haven in Libya and broader counterterrorism issues.

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I cannot suggest support and stability for the defense budget without at the same time frankly noting that not every defense dollar is spent as well as it should be, the taxpayer cannot comprehend, let alone support, the defense budget when they read of cost overruns, lack of accounting and accountability, needless overhead and the like.

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