Ashton Carter

  • The Pentagon wants to develop electronic components that bend. And it's partnered with Silicon Valley to do it. Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently pledged $75 million in funding for a new research institute, whose goal is to develop flexible hybrid electronics. The San Jose-based Flex Tech Alliance will run that institute. Malcolm Thompson is the Alliance's new executive director designate, overseeing the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. He told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin more about the Alliance and the technology it's developing.

    September 11, 2015
  • The Pentagon says its contribution for a new manufacturing institute dedicated to flexible electronics will be matched by $96 million in corporate and institutional funding. Officials say it could lead to a significant lightening of a soldier's loads and real-time damage reports from individual bulkheads aboard Navy ships.

    August 31, 2015
  • Brad Carson, DoD\'s new acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness has until August to deliver recommendations on how to revamp the military personnel system. But in public comments Tuesday, he suggested a major shakeup is in order.

    June 10, 2015
  • Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

    March 05, 2015
  • By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ash Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States…

    February 12, 2015
  • Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

    February 05, 2015
  • By DEB RIECHMANN AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Pentagon was grilled Wednesday by Republicans who used his confirmation hearing to criticize White House foreign policy on…

    February 05, 2015
  • Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

    January 21, 2015
  • Hearings on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary will get underway next month. They'll be much more than a discussion of Carter's qualifications. The 2016 budget proposal will also be out then, so the hearings will likely cover wider ground. So will it be smooth sailing for President Barack Obama's nominee, or a bumpy road? Defense analyst Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

    January 21, 2015
  • The Senate might confirm Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's replacement in less than a month. At the moment, chances look good for former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to take the helm at the Pentagon. Steve Grundman is George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges for the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He's also former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Steve tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley Congress has an opportunity to appoint a leader who wants change.

    December 30, 2014
  • Ashton Carter has chosen his support team for the confirmation process to become Secretary of Defense. Defense One reports three people will work with Carter: former Defense Business Board Chairman Michael Bayer; former adviser to Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. Jim Mattis, Sally Donnelly; and 20-year Navy veteran Dave Copp. Todd Harrison is a fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the report from the Defense Department's Compensation Commission is probably one of the first things the new Defense secretary will deal with.

    December 29, 2014
  • By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The nomination of policy wonk Ashton Carter to lead the Defense Department marks the most significant change to President Barack Obama’s beleaguered national security team…

    December 06, 2014
  • By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice for his next defense chief, to be announced Friday, faces conflict abroad, budget retrenchment at home and the expectation that the…

    December 04, 2014
  • By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — No household name, Ashton Carter has earned his stripes in the national security trenches the quiet way. For decades he has toiled as a defense…

    December 03, 2014

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