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Ashton B. Carter

Ashton B. Carter

Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

Former Chair of International & Global Affairs faculty, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (1993–1996), U.S. Department of Defense

Member of the Board (on leave), Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (April 2009–October 2011)

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense (October 2011 - December 2013

 

 

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May 2001

Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities and John P. White, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Most national security debates concern the outcomes of policies, neglecting the means by which those policies are implemented. This book argues that although the US military is the finest fighting force in the world, the system that supports it is in disrepair. Operating with Cold War-era structures and practices, it is subject to managerial and organizational problems that increasingly threaten our military's effectiveness.

 

 

September 2000

Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities and John P. White, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Defense experts explore how the United States can rectify organizational and managerial problems to maximize its military effectiveness.

 

 

March 1999

Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities and Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project

"The most important book by any ex-Clinton official."

-Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times (April 16, 1999)

 

 

January 1993

Cooperative Denuclearization: From Pledges to Deeds

Book

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and Philip D. Zelikow, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program

"CSIA's research on cooperative denuclearization began during the August 1991 putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev. To those of us familiar with nuclear weapons, their construction, and command and control, and with the looming revolution about to sweep the then–Soviet Union, it was plain that a new and unprecedented danger to international security was emerging. An appropriate policy response to this new form of nuclear threat could not be fashioned from traditional Cold War tools of deterrence, arms control, and military preparedness alone. Safety could only be sought through new policies emphasizing cooperative engagement with the new states, new leaders, and military and industrial heirs of the former Soviet Union...."

 

 

April 1992

Beyond Spinoff: Military and Commercial Technologies in a Changing World

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Lewis M. Branscomb, Director Emeritus of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Corporate Management, John A. Alic and Gerald Epstein

This 1992 book offers a critical reappraisal of traditional relationships between the military and industry.

 

 

1992

Implications of the Dissolution of the Soviet Union for Accidental/Inadvertent Uses of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Book

By Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Owen R. Coté, Editor, International Security and Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

Book by Steven E. Miller, Ashton B. Carter, and Owen Cote

 

 

January 1992

A New Concept of Cooperative Security

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, John D. Steinbruner, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1973-1977 and Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project

Innovative book by Carter, Steinbruner, and Perry

 

 

November 1991

Soviet Nuclear Fission: Control of the Nuclear Arsenal in a Disintegrating Soviet Union

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Kurt M. Campbell, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy and International Relations, 1988-1993, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Assistant Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 1988-1993; and Former Research Fellow, ISP, 1985-1987, Steven E. Miller, Director, International Security Program; Editor-in-Chief, International Security; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and Charles A. Zraket

Book by Ashton B. Carter, Kurt M. Campbell, Steven E. Miller, and Charles Zraket

 

 

August 1990

New Thinking and American Defense Technology

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities and Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project

Report of the Carnegie Comission on Science, Technology, and Government

 

 

January 1990

Ashton B. Carter on Arms Control

Book

By Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

Dr. Ashton B. Carter on Arms Control

 

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