Ashton Baldwin Carter September 24, 1954 – October 24, 2022 was an American military civilian official who served as the 25th secretary of defense from February 2015 to January 2017.
He later served as director of the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.
Carter began his career as a physicist. After a brief experience as an analyst for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, he switched careers to public policy.
He joined the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1984 and became chair of the International & Global Affairs faculty.
Carter served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during President Clinton’s first term, from 1993 to 1996, responsible for policy regarding the former Soviet states, strategic affairs, and nuclear weapons.
Ashton Carter Parents: Meet William Stanley Carter Jr, Anne Baldwin Carter
Ashton Baldwin Carter was born on September 24, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father is William Stanley Carter Jr., a World War II veteran, Navy neurologist and psychiatrist, and department chairman at Abington Memorial Hospital for 30 years.
His mother is Anne Baldwin Carter, an English teacher.
He has three siblings, including children’s book author Cynthia DeFelice. As a child he was nicknamed Ash and Stoobie.