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Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, discusses a mine-resistant ambush-protected armored fighting vehicle at the Pentagon. President Obama wants to promote the weapons buyer, but Mr. Carter has done some consulting work for the defense industry. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, discusses a mine-resistant ambush-protected armored fighting vehicle at the Pentagon. President Obama wants to promote the weapons buyer, but Mr. Carter has done some consulting work for the defense industry. (Associated Press)

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