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Expected Defense chief, Ashton Carter, is a physicist who wants technological superiority

Patrick Thibodeau | Dec. 5, 2014
Ashton Carter, now widely considered to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), shares something with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. All four have a doctorate in physics.

Carter is also a believer in the power of start-up culture to deliver new technologies.

"Smaller firms, start-ups and new entrants provide needed new technology, new faces, and new ideas to the defense the defense industry," said Carter, in a speech at a technology conference in 2011.

 

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