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.
In 2011, the Belfer Center and ISKRAN published the “U.S.–Russia Joint Threat Assessment on Nuclear Terrorism,”which analyzes the means, motives, and access of would-be nuclear terrorists. Building on that groundbreaking study, this new report, to be presented at this seminar, analyzes the existing framework for action, identifies gaps and deficiencies, and makes specific recommendations for improvement of nuclear security.