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Office of the President

For Immediate Release April 13, 1993


(Washington, DC) The President announced today that he intends to nominate Ashton Carter, the Director of Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Security and Counter-Proliferation.

"One of the key national security challenges of the postCold War era is containing the spread of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction," said the President. "In Ashton Carter we will have an experienced and expert Assistant Secretary focusing on the problems and seeking solutions."

In addition to his position as Director of the Center for Science and International Affairs, Carter is also the Ford Foundation Professor of Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Before coming to Harvard in 1984, he held positions at the Rockefeller University, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carter has also served on advisory boards for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Defense, the Office of Technology Assessment, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, and the Sandia National Laboratory. He is currently a member of the Defense Science Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Physical Society, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Among his numerous publications, Carter has co-edited and co-authored such books as Ballistic Missile Defense, Managing Nuclear Operations, Soviet Nuclear Fission: Control of the Nuclear Arsenal in a Disintegrating Soviet Union, and Beyond Spinoff: Military and Commercial Technologies in a Changing World. He holds bachelor's degrees in physics and in medieval history from Yale, and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.