Brad Carson has built a distinguished 20-year career in public service, law, and education. Most recently, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to become the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness. Acting in that capacity from March 2015 to April 2016, Mr. Carson oversaw the human resources, military readiness, training, and healthcare of the nearly 5 million service members and civilians within the Department of Defense and managed an internal organization of 30,000 employees.
For his work reforming the Pentagon bureaucracy, he was hailed by military historian Richard Kohn as the most consequential and successful leader of Personnel & Readiness since its beginning in 1950. Rising quickly through the Pentagon hierarchy, Mr. Carson was selected just a year earlier to become the Under Secretary of the U.S. Army, where he managed the daily operations of the largest military service. Mr. Carson also served for two years as General Counsel of the U.S. Army.
A Rhodes Scholar, he is widely published and a noted authority on national security, energy policy, and American politics. He was twice elected to the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma. From 2010-2012, Mr. Carson was on the faculty of the business and law schools at the University of Tulsa, where he directed the National Energy Policy Institute and taught academic courses on energy policy, property law, negotiation and game theory, globalization, and law and literature. Earlier, as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, he instructed on modern politics and campaigns.
Mr. Carson deployed as an intelligence officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.