President Obama will announce Ashton Carter as secretary of defense choice today, replacing Chuck Hagel; White House confirms.
Ashton Carter (born on September 24, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a physicist. He was deputy secretary of defense from October 2011 to December 2013, serving as the DOD’s chief operating officer overseeing more than $600 billion per year and 2.4 million civilian and military personnel, and managing global operations.
From April 2009 to October 2011 he was undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics with responsibility for procurement of all technology, systems, services, and supplies, bases and infrastructure, energy and environment, and more than $50 billion annually in R&D.
Previously, Carter was a senior partner of Global Technology Partners focused on advising investment firms in technology and defense, and an advisor to Goldman Sachs on global affairs.
At Harvard’s Kennedy School, he was professor and chair of the International Relations, Science, and Security faculty.
He served on the boards of the MITRE Corp., Mitretek Systems, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories, and a member of the Draper Laboratory Corp.
Carter has been a member of the Defense Policy Board, the Defense Science Board, and Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
In 1993-1996 Carter served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, responsible for policy regarding the former Soviet states, strategic affairs, and nuclear weapons policy.
Carter is author or co-author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics, technology, national security, and management.