Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter dies at 68

As Secretary of Defense under the Obama administration, he participated in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter, who headed the US Department of Defense from 2015 to 2017, died on Monday at the age of 68, his family announced on Tuesday. “It is with deep sadness that former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter died Monday evening in Boston of a sudden heart attack, his family announced.“, says a press release from the family.

Ashton Carter was appointed by Barack Obama at the height of the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Removing barriers to women fighting on the front lines. The decision, suspended by Donald Trump in 2017, would have allowed for transgender people to be reinstated by Joe Biden upon his arrival in the White House in January 2021.

Ash Carter, the Pentagon’s former acquisitions chief, launched a sweeping modernization program for the U.S. military after years of costly conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the government, he joined Harvard University, where he taught international affairs, and appeared frequently on American television, where he commented on events affecting national security. He is married and father of two children.

«When I think of Ash Carter, I think of a man of extraordinary integrity. Honest. with principles. Guided by a solid and stable moral sense and the idea of ​​leading a life of service to the public“, Joe Biden underlined in a press release. “He has been a driving force on every major national security issue of our time — from nuclear deterrence to non-proliferation, from missile defense to the challenges posed by emerging technologies and the fight against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.“, the US President added.

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Barack Obama also praised his former defense secretary.An ardent student of history, an accomplished physicist, and a staunch defender of our men and women in uniform». «I relied on Ash’s strategic advice as he invested in innovation and a long-term, strong, intelligent, humane and highly effective military.“, tweeted the former president.

And Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin noted that Ash Carter “A defense intellectual and a skilled politician, he fought tirelessly for a secure America in a just world“. Since leaving the government, he joined Harvard University, where he taught international affairs, and he appeared frequently on American television, where he commented on events affecting national security. He is married and the father of two children.

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