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.
Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal International Security. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 1996. His dissertation, which he is revising for publication, analyzed the sources of innovative military doctrine. In addition, he has written on post–Cold War naval and nuclear weapons issues in the United States and the Soviet Union.Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017, 5:05pm