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Carter, Ashton (Weapons Czar)

Title: Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Reports to: Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Confirmed by Senate: April 23, 2009
Department that handles similar issues: Defense Department
Duties: Coordinate the Pentagon's acquisitions, technology and logistics for weapons

  • Grew up in Philadelphia
  • Graduated from Yale University
  • Was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a doctorate in theoretical physics
  • Served as director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in the early 1990s
  • Joined the Congressional Office of Technology in 1979, to study threats from potential Soviet missile strikes on the U.S.
  • Joined the systems analysis directorate in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy from 1993 until 1996
  • Returned to Harvard and became chairman of the international and global affairs faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Has collaborated with John Podesta, the former Clinton White House chief of staff who now runs the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, which has close ties to President Obama
  • Is a major proponent of having the U.S. negotiate with its enemies

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