Gen James Cartwright, USMC Retired




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Center for Strategic and International Studies

Gen James Cartwright, USMC Retired

General James Cartwright retired from active duty on 1 September 2011, after 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. He served as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, before being nominated and appointed as the 8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s second highest military officer.


General Cartwright currently serves on the Board of Directors for IP3 Security, is a Harvard Belfer Center Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Governors for Wesley Theological Seminary. He has served on the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, the Raytheon Company Board of Directors, the Federal Advisory Board for Accenture Federal Services, the TASC Advisory Board, and was a defense consultant for ABC News. In addition, he was the inaugural holder of the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies for the Center for Strategic & International Studies.


General Cartwright is also an advisor for several corporate entities involved in global management consulting; technology services and program solutions; predictive and Big Data Analytics; and advanced systems engineering, integration, and decision-support services. He serves as an advisor to Enlightenment Capital, IxReveal, HSH Analytics, Aurora Flight Sciences, ForcePoint, and the Potomac Institute. In addition, he was a member of SpaceX National Security Space Strategic Advisory Committee as well as a consultant for AT&T Government Solutions and Logos Technologies. General Cartwright is also affiliated with a number of professional organizations to include the Aspen Strategy Group, The Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, Global Zero, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.