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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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Carter Visits Research Center, ROTC Cadets During Trip

The American military needs quality personnel and the agility to ensure they are equipped better than any enemy, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a visit to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, Indiana. Story

Carter to Highlight Force of the Future in Installation Visits

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit military installations in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois on a two-day trip highlighting his Force of the Future initiative, which emphasizes DoD’s goal to recruit, train and retain the very best talent America has to offer. Story

Service Members Join Carter at NBA Finals as League Highlights DoD Partnership

Defense Secretary Ash Carter talks to service members during Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals in Cleveland

At the invitation of National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver, four service members from around the country representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force joined Defense Secretary Ash Carter at Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland. Story

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