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CAMBRIDGE MA -- James Cartwright, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.
"General Cartwright is widely respected as one of the boldest and most creative thinkers of his generation of American military leaders," Belfer Center Director Graham Allison said. "He will bring great insight and hands-on experience to the center's work on national security policy issues."
As a Senior Fellow, Cartwright will work with colleagues at the Belfer Center on two projects. The cyber strategy initiative attempts to stand back from current policy and technology to think about an arena that is disruptively transforming both offensive and defensive capabilities. Professor Joseph Nye, chair of the Center's cyber working group said: "General Cartwright has been an innovative thinker and practitioner in integrating the cyber dimension into national security policies."
Second, Cartwright will join Professors Lawrence Summers and Graham Allison as co-chair of the China Working Group, exploring challenges that China and the United States face as a rising power rivals a ruling power over the decades ahead.
"As Vice Chairman, chair of Joint Requirements Oversight Council, co-chair of the Defense Acquisition Board, and a member of the National Security Deputies Committee, General Cartwright consistently demonstrated a capacity to think beyond the box," Allison said. "In his prior job as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command -- American nuclear forces -- Cartwright asked the hardest questions about America's nuclear arsenal. From cyber frontiers and the killing of Osama bin Laden to hard choices about Service legacy systems, he confronted unpleasant realities and worked creatively to find feasible initiatives."
Cartwright served in uniform for four decades. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in November 1971, completed Naval Flight Officer training in April 1973, and graduated from Naval Aviator training in January 1977; he had 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.
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).
His 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).
Cartwright also holds the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and an independent consultant to a number of corporations.