The Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowed Lecture Series, in partnership with the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies will host the Honorable Deputy Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter on November 29, 2012 in the Fleishman Commons of the Sanford School of Public Policy. The event is co-sponsored by the Duke Office of Global Strategy and Programs, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Duke International Relations Association.

4:00 pm Reception: Lobby, Sanford School of Public Policy
4:45 pm Lecture/ Q&A:
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy

Parking: The Science Drive Visitor Lot

*Media personnel interested in attending the event should RSVP to Karen Kemp by 8:00 pm on November 28. (

Link to event video


Ashton B. Carter is the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Previously, Dr. Carter served as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from April 2009 until October 2011. As Under Secretary, Dr. Carter led the Department’s efforts to accelerate the fulfillment of urgent operational needs; increase the Department’s buying power; and strengthen the nation’s defenses against weapons of mass destruction and other emerging threats.

Over the course of his career in public service, Dr. Carter has three times been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. For his contributions to intelligence, Dr. Carter was awarded the Defense Intelligence Medal.

Dr. Carter earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and in medieval history from Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded his doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Prior to his most recent government service, Dr. Carter was chair of the International and Global Affairs faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Co-Director  of the Preventive Defense Project. Dr. Carter was also Senior Partner at Global Technology Partners, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, a member of the Board of Trustees of the MITRE Corporation and the Advisory Boards of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories and the Draper Laboratory, and an adviser to Goldman Sachs.

During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Carter was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. From 1990-1993, Dr. Carter was Director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Chairman of the Editorial Board of International Security. Previously, he held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the Rockefeller University.

Dr. Carter has served on the Defense Science Board, the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. He is a member of President Obama’s Government Accountability and Transparency Board.

Dr. Carter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Diplomacy and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Physical Society.

In addition to authoring articles, scientific publications, government studies, and Congressional testimonies, Dr. Carter has co-edited and co-authored eleven book.

Dr. Carter is married to Stephanie Carter and has two grown children.


*This biography was provided by the Department of Defense (