Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at the Pentagon, appears to be the top choice to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Dr. Carter, it seems, is absolutely qualified to lead the Pentagon.
CNN has some additional details about who he is:
Carter reportedly left the Pentagon abruptly and quietly about a year after he was "passed over" for promotion in 2013. Nevertheless, he now appears to be President Obama’s top choice for the soon-to-be-open cabinet position:
BREAKING UPDATE: Senior GOP senator: Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as nominee to be next defense secretary.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 2, 2014
Given his level of education and experience in government, one assumes Carter will coast through the nomination process -- especially because at least one senior Senate Republican is already "pleased" with the selection.
"I'm very pleased he is going to be our secretary of defense," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) recently told the Associated Press. "I can't imagine that he's going to have opposition to his confirmation."
Perhaps, as expected, he won't.
We'll know soon enough.