Ashton B. Carter, a longtime adviser on nuclear and strategic policies who served as defense secretary in the last years of the Obama administration, overseeing the opening of military combat roles to women and helping boost Pentagon ties with Silicon Valley, died Oct. 24 in Boston. He was 68.
After leaving Washington, Mr. Carter became the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
“He was … someone who could use his political capital to invest in the human capital side,” said Katherine L. Kuzminski, a military policy expert at Center for a New American Security.
Mr. Carter’s decision to open combat billets to women upended policy as old as the U.S. military itself: Women could only support, not fight in, America’s wars. Their opportunities to serve grew with each conflict, particularly during World War II, when women could enlist and serve in new ways.
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