Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Speak at Sanford

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will discuss national security issues at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Nov. 29.

As part of the Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowed Lecture Series, Carter will talk about national security challenges and issues such as the upcoming budget sequestration cuts, with Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke. 

The event is free and open to the public, with a reception in the Sanford lobby at 4 p.m. and the talk in the Fleishman Commons beginning at 4:45 p.m. Parking will be available in the Science Drive Visitors Lot.

Carter began his service as deputy secretary of defense in October 2011. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, with responsibility for supervision of all DOD procurement, including goods and services, research and development, and contract administration. He is also a member of Obama’s Government Accountability and Transparency Board.

Prior to his recent government service, 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. During the Clinton administration, he served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy.

The Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowed Lecture Series is presented by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. 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.