A Conversation on Cyber Strategy with General James E. Cartwright

Capstone Series on Cyberstrategy

On Monday, May 14th, 2012, HSPI held the inaugural Capstone Series on Cyber Strategy event featuring General James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.), former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. Cartwright offered an assessment of U.S. cybersecurity, and shared his thoughts on how he hopes it will evolve moving forward — with a focus on effective deterrence strategies, and a discussion of offensive capabilities. His remarks placed cyber issues and challenges into context, and conveyed insights relating to cyber strategy.

The Hon. Charles Allen
Principal, The Chertoff Group
Former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security
Former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection, Central Intelligence Agency
Member, HSPI Steering Committee

Keynote Speaker
GEN James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.)
Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Former Commander, United States Strategic Command

Moderated by
Frank J. Cilluffo
Director, HSPI

Speaker Biography
General James Cartwright
Hails from Rockford, Illinois. 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. In 1983 he was named Outstanding Carrier Aviator of the Year by the Association of Naval Aviation and went on to command Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Marine Aircraft Group 31 and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

He also served in a wide range of Marine and Joint billets including Assistant Program Manager for Engineering, F/A-18 Naval Air Systems Command; Deputy, Aviation Plans, Policy, and Budgets, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8, Joint Staff.

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.

Unique among Marines, 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.

During his four year tenure as Vice Chairman across two Presidential administrations and constant military operations against diverse and evolving enemies, General Cartwright 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.

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About HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series
HSPI's Capstone Series on Cyber Strategy highlights distinguished leaders in the cyber domain and their thinking on its ever-evolving challenges to our national and economic security.