Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter is the recipient of the 2013 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his distinguished contributions in advancing missile defense as a critical defense capability for the United States. Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Missile Defense Agency director, and Lt. Gen. James A. Abrahamson (ret.), previous director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and recipient of the 2004 Reagan Award, presented Dr. Carter with the award during the Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum held today at Fort Belvoir, Va.
As missile defenses have expanded to play a vital role in the national defense strategy of the United States, Dr. Carter has been instrumental in defining the relationship between the Missile Defense Agency, the developer, and the military services, which are the operators of the ballistic missile defense system. Dr. Carter’s perspective on ballistic missile defense has shaped thinking on a national level to meet a real-world evolving threat.
Previously, Dr. Carter served as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics from April 2009 until October 2011. As undersecretary, Dr. Carter led the department’s efforts to accelerate the fulfillment of urgent operational needs; increase the department’s buying power; and strengthen the nation’s defenses against emerging threats.
Over the course of his career in public service, Dr. Carter has four times been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. For his contributions to intelligence, Dr. Carter was awarded the Defense Intelligence Medal.
Dr. Carter is a member of the President’s Management Council and the National Council on Federal-Labor-Management Relations. He has previously served on 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.
Dr. Carter is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Diplomacy and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Physical Society.