Tuesday, February 24, 2009

*****Harvard professor named to Pentagon post Weapons-buyer appointee has criticized stockpile

BOSTON GLOBE: President Obama nominated yesterday Harvard professor Ashton B. Carter, a leading authority on arms control and a longtime academic, to serve as the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer.The choice of Carter to run the office that oversees hundreds of billions of dollars for new weapons and research - and is the focus of intense lobbying by defense firms, retired generals, and members of Congress - sparked concern within the defense industry and parts of the Pentagon bureaucracy when it was first rumored last month.But that may be exactly what Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates wanted.