Black People : Top Weapons Purchaser Chosen to be Deputy Defense Secretary???

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    Ashton Carter Chosen by Obama to Be Deputy Defense Secretary


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    By Tony Capaccio - Aug 2, 2011 3:41 PM ET

    Ashton Carter, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, is being nominated by President Barack Obama to become deputy defense secretary.
    Carter, 56, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, will replace William Lynn, who announced his decision last month to retire later this year. Carter assumed office in April 2009. His successor hasn’t been named.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...-by-obama-to-be-deputy-defense-secretary.html

    Sunday’s New York Times featured a piece about this developing technology. These killers are getting smaller and more capable. And business is booming…
    From blimps to bugs, an explosion in aerial drones is transforming the way America fights and thinks about its wars. Predator drones, the Cessna-sized workhorses that have dominated unmanned flight since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, are by now a brand name, known and feared around the world. But far less widely known are the sheer size, variety and audaciousness of a rapidly expanding drone universe, along with the dilemmas that come with it.
    The Pentagon now has some 7,000 aerial drones, compared with fewer than 50 a decade ago. Within the next decade the Air Force anticipates a decrease in manned aircraft but expects its number of “multirole” aerial drones like the Reaper — the ones that spy as well as strike — to nearly quadruple, to 536. Already the Air Force is training more remote pilots, 350 this year alone, than fighter and bomber pilots combined.
    “It’s a growth market,” said Ashton B. Carter, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer. http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/06/21/gadgetry-beckons-future-shadow-wars/
     
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    Another question is why appoint a neocon cold war throwback?

    July10, 2006
    Whack North Korea, Before It Can Protect Itself?

    Courting Doom

    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
    Finding itself in Republican sights and with no Democratic power center to offer protection, National Public Radio is turning into an upscale version of Fox "News." Nevertheless, information still gets out if the listener is sufficiently attentive.
    On July 5, NPR's "All Things Considered" interviewed two warmongers for their views on the North Korean missile test. One was Ashton Carter, a Clinton administration Assistant Secretary of Defense, now at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. The other was Ambassador Christopher Hill, an Assistant Secretary of State in the Bush regime.
    The Clinton DOD assistant secretary is coauthor of a recent article advocating an unilateral US military attack on North Korea. HIs first pitch on NPR was that the whole region, not just the US, is threatened by North Korea and that everyone should gang up on North Korea to make them behave. The NPR interviewer asked Carter to reconcile his multilateralism with his own recommendation for the US to unilaterally attack North Korea. Carter replied that North Korea's missile was developed to attack us, so we had to protect ourselves.
    When the NPR interviewer asked Carter why deterrence would fail with North Korea when deterrence succeeded in the case of the more powerful Soviet Union, Carter agreed that North Korea was not sufficiently insane to launch an attack on the US. So, if the US is not in danger of being attacked by North Korea, why does Carter want to attack North Korea?
    http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07102006.html
     
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