Defense Nominee: I Would Consider Changing Plans For Withdrawing All US Troops From Afghanistan If Conditions WorsenAshton Carter said he would consider changing plans for withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 if security conditions worsen.
Hagel Doesn't Attend Ceremony As Obama Taps New Defense Secretary NomineeShaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."
Pentagon: Afghan War Effort Will Be Harmed By Budget CutsThe Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.

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