Ashton B. Carter Quotes

The Pentagon cannot acquire any equipment or technology without adequate funding. And the current budget process does not allow for the development and deployment of solutions to urgent problems on the battlefield.

The Congress wants to keep control of exactly what the Pentagon buys so that each member can try to get more than his fair share of the Federal dollar. But the Congressional budget process is usually slow, and with the recent Congresses they can hardly get anything done. The President nor the Secretary of Defense cannot stop or slow down procurements that are not needed or can be deferred and spend the already appropriated funds on emergency needs for the troops fighting in the field.
Ashton B. Carter
Ashton B. Carter
  • Born: September 24, 1954
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Ashton Baldwin Carter is an American public policy professor who served in several positions within the United States Department of Defense, including as the 25th Secretary of Defense from February 2015 to January 2017.

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