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FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2016 file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivers remarks during the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md. China on Monday, May 30, lashed out at criticism from Carter, accusing him of harboring a Cold War mentality and saying Beijing has no interest in "playing a role in a Hollywood movie" of Washington's design. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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In this Friday, May 27, 2016, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivers remarks during the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, testifying on Capitol Hill, was taken to task over the administration's characterization of anti-Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq as a noncombat mission.

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, in this March 25, 2016, file photo. Newly released documents show Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015 when news reports revealed the practice. (AP Photo/Mauel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ordered a review of base security procedures Friday afternoon, just one day after four Marines were killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Associated Press)

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"The Defense Department's current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions," said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. "We have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines — real, patriotic Americans — who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that's contrary to our value of service and individual merit."

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the U.S. train-and-equip mission to bolster Iraqi and Syrian forces for combat against the Islamic State has been hamstrung due to a lack of local recruits willing to fight the terrorist army. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with President Obama before an update on the Islamic State group at the Pentagon on Monday. (AP Photo)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter walks with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar after receiving a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi. Mr. Carter signed a 10-year agreement with India seen by some as a move to counter China's growing influence. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter delivers his speech about "The United States and Challenges to Asia-Pacific Security" during the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS, Asia Security Summit, Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Wednesday challenged Chinese pressure for U.S. warships and surveillance aircraft to halt all operations near disputed islands in the strategic waters that China is claiming as its sovereign maritime domain. (Associated Press)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (left) briefing reporters alongside new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, said the U.S. military is focusing its assistance more heavily on protecting the strategic city of Baiji than on Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar province. (Associated Press)

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A soldier at Fort Drum questioned Defense Secretary Ashton Carter about what he's doing to make sure service members are able to make a smooth, easy transition to civilian life. "The way I think about it is there's only one soldier. Why should they have to put up with two Cabinet departments, right?" Mr. Carter responded. "You guys shouldn't have to see all that. It should be seamless to you." (Associated Press)

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a new conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Jonathan Ernst, Pool) ** FILE **

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against IS and the Defense Department's budget. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) **FILE**

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"Airstrikes are effective, but neither they, nor really anything we do, can substitute for the Iraqi forces' will to fight. They're the ones who [need] that to beat ISIL and then keep them beaten," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. (Associated Press)

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: From left, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and Secretary of State John Kerry, appear before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled "The President's Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts," March 11, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the government may need to consult private companies in order to reduce cybersecurity threats to the U.S. (Associated Press)

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In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, Ashton Carter testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing to become the next Defense Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for Feb. 12 on Carter’s nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama’s fourth defense secretary in six years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)