Speaker profile

General James Cartwright

General Cartwright 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. He became widely recognized for his technical
acumen, vision of future national security concepts, and keen ability to integrate systems,
organizations and people in ways that encouraged creativity and sparked innovation in
the areas of strategic deterrence, nuclear proliferation, missile defense, cyber security,
and adaptive acquisition processes.

Born in Rockford, IL, he attended the University of Iowa and was commissioned a
Second Lieutenant of Marines in 1971. He was both a Naval Flight Officer and Naval
Aviator who flew the F-4 Phantom, OA-4 Skyhawk, and F/A-18 Hornet. General
Cartwright graduated with distinction from the Air Command and Staff College, received
a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College,
completed a fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was honored
with a Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.

General Cartwright currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for
Wesley Theological Seminary. He is also on the Board of Directors for The
Atlantic Council, IP3 Security Corporation, and University of Pennsylvania
CERL and is a member of the Senior Leadership Steering Group managed by the
Air Force Research Laboratory. In addition, General Cartwright is an adviser for
Enlightenment Capital, North Atlantic Industries, FireFly Aerospace Inc,
Phantom Tier, and IxReveal. His advisory roles include global management
consulting; technology services and program solutions; predictive and big data
analytics; and advanced systems engineering, integration, and decision-support

He is also affiliated with several professional organizations including the Aspen
Strategy Group, Atlantic Council Defense Commission, Council on Foreign
Relations, National Council on Election Integrity, and the Nuclear Threat

He served on the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, the Raytheon
Company’s Board of Directors, the Federal Advisory Board for Accenture
Federal Services as well as advisory boards for SpaceX, Total Administrative
Services Corporation, AT&T Government Solutions, Expression Network, and
Logos Technologies. He was also a defense consultant for ABC News. In
addition, Gen Cartwright was the inaugural holder of the Harold Brown Chair in
Defense Policy Studies for the Center for Strategic & International Studies and a
senior fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.