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Ashton Carter Wins Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of the Defense Department, has won the 2013 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his works to advance missile capabilities in defense of the United States.

Missile Defense Agency director James Syring and Strategic Defense Initiative Organization former director and 2004 Reagan awardee James Abrahamson handed the award to Carter during the Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum on April 23 at Fort Belvoir, Va., the DoD said Tuesday.

The agency said Carter had defined the roles of the Missile Defense Agency, the developer and the military services as missile systems pressed on to become the United States’ national defense strategy.

Carter is a four-time awardee of the Defense Department Distinguished Service Medal, in addition to the Defense Intelligence Medal.

From April 2009 to October 2011, he was the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, helping the department fulfill its operational needs, expand purchasing power and boost defense lines against imminent attacks.

Carter previously worked for the White House Government Accountability and Transparency Board, the Defense Science Board, the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board and the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States.

He is a member of the President’s Management Council, the National Council on Federal-Labor-Management Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Physical Society.

Carter is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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