The Pentagon still needs congressional approval for funding to support vetting and recruiting process of foreign forces, according to Press Secretary RADM Kirby.
According to CNN, Carter and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson were on the shortlist.
Even as Defense Sec. Hagel’s resignation was met with claims that he was pushed out. Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm. Kirby, said this is false.
Reed’s name had been floated as a potential replacement for current Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation Monday.
Hagel will stay on as Defense Secretary until a successor is approved by the Senate.
The original request was $13.3 billion in March.
The Department of Defense isn’t taking federal sequestration lying down.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive in Afghanistan for five years, was traded for five Taliban commanders in May.
Over the past few months, news began surfacing that Air Force officers in charge of the program were cheating on competency tests and others were relieved of duty over behavioral issues.