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United States Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter joined moderator Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, for a discussion on the strategic and budgetary transitions currently underway in the Department of Defense. Topics addressed included the importance of protecting investments in the future of U.S. national security and the current rebalance to the Pacific. Questions from the audience addressed subjects ranging from potential furloughs due to budget cuts to the thirtieth anniversary of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.