Gen. Cartwright Joins CSIS as Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies

WASHINGTON, September 20, 2011– The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce General James E. Cartwright, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined CSIS as the inaugural Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies. 

“There is no one better suited than General Cartwright to serve as CSIS’s inaugural Defense Policy Studies Chair,” said CSIS Counselor and Trustee Harold Brown.  “As the United States faces changing and increasing political, economic and security challenges, it is crucial that our nation's most experienced and capable leaders remain active in the public process of U.S. policymaking.  General Cartwright has always put America's security first and I am delighted that he will continue to help shape policies and influence decisions to make us all safer and more secure.” 

General Cartwright served as the eighth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation's second highest ranking military officer.

As Vice Chairman, General Cartwright chaired the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, Co-Chaired the Defense Acquisition Board, and served as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear Weapons Council and the Missile Defense Executive Board. In addition, he Co-Chaired the Deputies Advisory Working Group, which advised the Deputy Secretary of Defense on resourcing and other high level departmental business issues.

General Cartwright was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in November 1971. He completed Naval Flight Officer training in April 1973 and graduated from Naval Aviator training in January 1977. He has operational assignments as an NFO in the F-4, and as a pilot in the F-4, OA-4, and F/A-18. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, received his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and completed a fellowship with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

General Cartwright's command assignments have included: Commander, United States Strategic Command (2004-2007); Commanding General, First Marine Aircraft Wing (2000-2002); Deputy Commanding General, Marine Forces Atlantic (1999-2000).

General Cartwright's joint staff assignments have included: Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8 the Joint Staff (2002-2004); Deputy Director for Force Structure, Requirements, J-8 the Joint Staff (1996-1999).

“America will be forever indebted to General Cartwright for his many years of distinguished service,” said CSIS President and CEO John Hamre. “His thoughtful leadership, keen intellect, and his commitment to making the world a better place are of great value to CSIS.”


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H. Andrew Schwartz