10 Facts About Ash Carter


In 2016, Ash Carter opened all military occupations and positions to women without exception.


From 1993 to 1996, Ash Carter served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy during President Bill Clinton's first term.


From April 2009 to October 2011, Ash Carter was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, with responsibility for DOD's procurement reform and innovation agenda and completion of procurements such as the KC-46 tanker.


From October 2011 to December 2013, Ash Carter was Deputy Secretary of Defense, serving as the DOD's chief operating officer, overseeing the department's annual budget and its three million civilian and military personnel, steering strategy and budget through sequester, and directing the reform of DOD's national security export controls.


In May 2015, Ash Carter warned the People's Republic of China to halt its rapid island-building in the South China Sea.


In October 2015, Ash Carter condemned Russian air strikes against ISIL and other rebel groups in Syria.


On October 8,2015, Ash Carter, speaking at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, said he believed Russia would soon start paying the price for its military intervention in Syria in the form of reprisal attacks and casualties.


In June 2016, Ash Carter announced that transgender individuals would be allowed to join and openly serve in the military.


From 1990 to 1993, Ash Carter was chairman of the Editorial Board of International Security.


In 2021, Ash Carter joined Shield Capital's board of Strategic Advisors.