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Carter Opens Innovation Hub in Boston

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National Week at the Labs

The Defense Department welcomes a diverse range of STEM talent reflective of the U.S. population to achieve innovative and enduring solutions to complex problems.

DoD STEM is pleased to join other federal agencies for Week at the Labs to inspire young people's interest in science and technology. Click here for more.

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About the Secretary

Profile photo of Defense Secretary Ash Carter Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography

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Innovation, Reform Are Contagious, Vice Chairman Says

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, discussed the state of innovation in the Defense Department with Kathleen Hicks, the director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Story

Force of the Future Aims to Increase Military's Geographic Diversity

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said many times that the majority of enlisted military recruits come from just six states and that he would like to see a more diverse recruitment pool. Some of his Force of the Future proposals are aimed at this issue. Story

Force of the Future Requires Commitment From All, Carter Says

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with troops

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., that it takes commitment from all service members to modernize the U.S. military and keep it strong. Story

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