National Journal Interviews Ashton Carter, Undersecretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Pentagon's Top Arms Buyer on Cutting Back
Yochi J. Dreazen
The National Journal

When Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared war on Pentagon bloat this summer, he put Ashton Carter, the Department of Defense's top arms buyer, in charge of the campaign.

A theoretical physicist by training and former Rhodes Scholar, Carter serves as the under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, one of the most powerful jobs in the Pentagon. He oversees hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of programs, from the purchase of thousands of armored vehicles for Afghanistan to the hiring of the tech-savvy contractors who help manage military computer networks.

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