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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter attend the unveiling ceremony for Carter’s official portrait in the Pentagon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.. February 2, 2018 (U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Department of Defense). Keywords: Ash Carter, Jim Mattis, portrait, Pentagon, Amber I. Smith, Department of Defense

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Ash Carter Honored with Official Portrait at Pentagon Ceremony

| Feb. 02, 2018

Ash Carter, America’s 25th Secretary of Defense and Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, was honored with the unveiling of his official portrait at the Pentagon today. At a ceremony featuring current Secretary of Defense James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Senator Richard Lugar, former member of Congress Jane Harman, British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch, and other dignitaries, Carter was recognized for 35 years of extraordinary service to the nation.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as President Donald Trump announces that the United States will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Donald Trump May Be Bluffing Over a Pre-Emptive Strike on North Korea

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  • David Rennie
| Jan. 25, 2018

The last time that America almost risked a pre-emptive strike on North Korea the gamble offered a spectacular pay-off. Ashton Carter, a leading architect of that plan, recalls that his scheme for bombing the Yongbyon nuclear facility in 1994 assumed that in one or two days the entirety of the regime’s nuclear programme could be levelled and entombed in rubble. Mr Carter, who went on to become defence secretary in the Obama administration, now thinks that an American first strike would only put “a significant dent” in North Korea’s arsenal of nuclear devices and bombmaking sites. “The difference today is that the North Koreans are very good at hiding, burying and moving around their nuclear infrastructure,” says Mr Carter, now at Harvard University.

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Ash Carter on Office Hours Podcast

| Jan. 03, 2018

Ash Carter, the 25th Secretary of Defense and the Director of the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about how he connected the technology industry with the Defense Department through DIUx, the tensions between the President and his cabinet, and what lessons we can learn from medieval history.

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Ash Carter on Office Hours

| Jan. 03, 2018

Ash Carter, the 25th Secretary of Defense and the Director of the Belfer Center, talks with Aroop Mukharji (@aroopmukharji) about how he connected the technology industry with the Defense Department through DIUx, the tensions between the President and his cabinet, and what lessons we can learn from medieval history.