Senators Isakson, Perdue Support Ashton Carter for Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today voted to confirm Dr. Ashton Carter as Secretary of Defense. Carter was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 10, 2015, and was confirmed today by the full Senate in a 93-5 vote.

“America faces many diverse and complex challenges to our national security – from the serious threat posed by the Islamic State to the crisis in Ukraine to the security risks from Boko Haram – and we need a strong Secretary of Defense now more than ever,” said Senator Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “The next Secretary of Defense must honestly assess the military’s needs in order to successfully fulfill its mission to degrade and defeat ISIS. I am encouraged that Dr. Carter has shown independent judgment and a willingness not to be a rubber stamp for the White House as we continue our mission to combat terrorists around the globe. Additionally, I expect Dr. Carter to instill a culture of accountability at the Department of Defense that ensures our national security remains a top priority and guarantees our servicemen and women are prepared to successfully carry out their missions. At a time when we cannot afford to let Iran gain access to nuclear weapons or allow the further destabilization of Eastern Europe, it is imperative for us to ensure that the U.S. military remains the world's premier fighting force.”

“In these challenging times, we need a Secretary of Defense who understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, while protecting our national security,” Senator Perdue said. “As Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Dr. Carter successfully implemented new technologies and resources needed to maintain our military readiness, while applying appropriate oversight to help save the Defense Department billions of dollars. Dr. Carter also understands that we cannot allow Iran to have nuclear weapon capabilities, and that the threat of terrorism is still very real. I am confident that Dr. Carter will continue to propel the Pentagon to work more efficiently and effectively, while protecting our long-term national security interests at home and around the world.”