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Obama asks Ashton Carter to remain Pentagon’s No. 2

WASHINGTON - President Obama has personally asked Pentagon second-in-command and longtime Harvard professor Ashton B. Carter to continue running the day-to-day operations of the armed forces during his second term, according to senior officials.

Carter, who had been among the finalists to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, will stay on as deputy secretary of defense under Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator awaiting Senate confirmation for the top post.

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