Ashton B. Carter

House Stands Down on Women in the Draft
 

After the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision in the defense authorization bill that would require women to register for the draft, the Rules Committee watered down the language of the House version of the bill, downgrading that requirement to a mere study.

While most Democrats were expected to vote in favor of adding women to the draft, many Republicans voiced opposition. Sen. Ted Cruz even suggested supporters of the measure were “nuts.”

Obama to Congress: Give Gitmo Plan ‘Fair Hearing’

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’
 

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on U.S. ISIS Strategy
 

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which follows a prime-time address earlier in the week by President Barack Obama reasserting the administration's plan to defeat the terrorist group.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva are expected to testify.

 Carter Opens All Military Jobs to Women
 

In a landmark decision Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, making "no exceptions" granted to applicants qualify for the position.

What You Missed: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday, discussing the United State’s military strategy in Syria and Iraq.

Dunford: US ‘Technically Not at War’ With ISIS
 

Watch Live: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria.

DoD: Russia 'On Wrong Side' of Syrian Civil War
 

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter commented on the Russian involvement in the fight against the Islamic State terror group, going as far as saying they are on the wrong side of the war.

"You ask, what are the Russians doing? What the Russians are actually doing is buttressing the Assad regime, which is, as I have said, will have the effect of fanning the flames of the civil war.