Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with David H. Petraeus, Belfer Senior Fellow and Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).
David H. Petraeus is a retired four-star Army general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Currently, he is a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where he is working with Center Director Graham Allison to explore renewed U.S. and North American competitiveness. Their work focuses on major technological, scientific and economic dynamics that are spurring renewed U.S. and North American competitiveness, exploring in particular the impact of the ongoing revolutions in energy, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences.
Petraeus served as CIA director from September 2011 to November 2012. Prior to that, he spent 37 years in the Army, including roles as commander of U.S. and international military forces in Afghanistan, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and commanding general of the multi-national force in Iraq.
Since leaving the CIA, Petraeus has taken on several positions. In addition to his Belfer Center fellowship, he serves as chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a component of a major New York investment firm, teaches at Macauley Honors College at CUNY as well as at the University of Southern California, and supports several non-profit organizations that serve veterans.
Petraeus holds a PhD in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. He was among the top graduates in his class at West Point in 1974, where he later served as an assistant professor, and he graduated first in the class of 1983 at the US Army Command and General Staff College. He later was a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
He has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 12 foreign countries.
As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Belfer Center Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By requesting to attend the lunch, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center's strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the lunch. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.