Obama to name Ashton Carter as defense secretary

Former US deputy defense chief Ashton Carter, seen here in March 2013, has been named defense secretary (AFP Photo/Jung Yeon-Je)

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Friday will name former Pentagon deputy chief Ashton Carter to be his new defense secretary, a White House official said.

If confirmed Carter would replace Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation last month. Carter served as deputy defense secretary under Leon Panetta from October 2011 to December 2013.