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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Ash Carter on U.S. Grand Strategy in Asia

| Fall/Winter 2018-2019

For more than two decades, I worked to strengthen military and diplomatic ties with China, alongside scores of other U.S. and allied officials, all of us sincere in our belief that China could be encouraged to join the principled, inclusive network that has served as the backbone of regional security since the end of World War II - and thus the Asian miracle. It is easy for me to imagine having used my time as Secretary of Defense to solidify those ties and bring China into closer partnership with the United States and the other participants in the network. 

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with members of the media after delivering remarks at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field, Calif., Aug. 28, 2015.

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Analysis & Opinions - USA Today

Iran Deal Features Defense Backstop

| September 4, 2015

Nineteen years ago, I was in Ukraine when the last nuclear warheads, orphaned during the Soviet Union’s breakup, rolled out of the country. As an assistant secretary of Defense at the time, I had worked with Washington colleagues and foreign counterparts to eliminate those nuclear weapons and thus one danger at the dawn of the post-Cold War world. Together — with bipartisan support in Congress led by Sens. Sam Nunn, a Democrat, and Richard Lugar, a Republican — we succeeded.

Today, the Iran deal provides the opportunity to address an even greater nuclear threat. Congress should support it because, once implemented, the deal will remove a critical source of risk and uncertainty in a vitally important but tumultuous region.

Press Release

Harvard Kennedy School’s Ashton Carter Nominated as Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

| February 26, 2009

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has nominated Dr. Ashton B. Carter to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

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Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy Toward Iranian Nuclear Development

  • Ambassador Daniel Coats
  • Charles Robb
  • Admiral (ret.) Gregory G. Johnson
  • General (ret.) Ronald Keys
  • Dr. Edward Morse
  • Steve Rademaker
  • Dennis Ross
  • Henry Sokolski
  • General (ret.) Chuck Wald
  • Ken Weinstein
| September 19, 2008

A Task Force sponsored by the National Security Initiative, a program of the Bipartisan Policy Center, released a ground-breaking report identifying the regional and global threats posed by a nuclear weapons-capable Iran and recommending a new, robust and comprehensive strategy designed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.

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Review Panel on Future Directions for Defense Threat Reduction Agency Missions and Capabilities to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • The Honorable Robert G. Joseph
| March 2008

PDP Co-Director Ashton B. Carter and the Honorable Robert G. Joseph co-chaired a Review Panel on Future Directions for DTRA Missions and Capabilities to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

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Rolling Back Proliferation

| Nov. 30, 2007

This is the fifth in a series of videos on nuclear terrorism based on Graham Allison's book Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. In this episode former Senator Sam Nunn, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, and U.S. Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns discuss nuclear proliferation and the bold action it will take to make sure that these weapons never end up in the hands of terrorists, criminals or rogue states.