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.
POSTPONED: This event was postponed from an earlier date due to weather.
Pulitzer-prize winning, veteran journalist R. Jeffrey Smith has just completed a two-year investigation into the global effort to control nuclear weapons and the materials that could be used to make them. With colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, he published thirty articles about the risks posed by inadequately secured nuclear material around the world (the articles appeared in publications ranging from The Washington Post to Foreign Policy, from Stars and Stripes to NBC News). At this seminar, Smith will distill the lessons he believes should be drawn from setbacks in the continuing U.S. campaign to control one of the world’s most serious threats.