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.
Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School. He also attended Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Oxford University, with a focus on East Asia security.
Prior to assuming the U.S. Pacific Command in 2015, Admiral Harris had commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Theater Joint Force Maritime Component since 2013. He has served in every geographic combatant command region and participated in major operations that included S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Odyssey Dawn.
Harris’s assignments included serving as aide to the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan, chief speechwriter for the chairman of the JCS, and director for the current operations and anti-terrorism/force protection division. In 2011, he was the JSC chairman’s direct representative to the Secretary of State and U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.
Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. He has been awarded numerous medals including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He is also a recipient of the CIA’s Agency Seal Medal and is the Navy’s current “Gray Owl” – the NFO who has held this designation for the longest period.Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017, 11:52am