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Strategic Leadership Challenges for the 21st Century

General James Cartwright to Present on Strategic Leadership Challenges for the 21st Century
When Nov 09, 2011
from 04:15 PM to 05:30 PM
Where HUB Auditorium
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General James Cartwright, who will be presenting on Nov 9th in the HUB Auditorium at 4:15-5:30  on strategic leadership challenges in 21st century that cut across the public and private sectors and will cover areas on technology innovation and systems.

“General Cartwright is unique. He has a quick, intuitive grasp of technologies and their military applications. And he has an equally impressive ability to clearly explain them to his counterparts in the services. All four-stars I have met have been exceptional people, for many different reasons. But only Cartwright has this particular combination.”
Tony Tether, former director, Darpa


General James Cartwright (USMC, ret.) hails from Rockford, Illinois. He attended the University of Iowa and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. 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 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He also served in a wide range of Marine and joint billets including as 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 an M.A. 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 eighth 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 encourage creativity and spark innovation in the areas of strategic deterrence, nuclear proliferation, missile defense, cyber security, and adaptive acquisition processes.

The Washington Post: Gen. James Cartwright, maverick who ‘jolted the system,’ is honored at Marine Barracks

"General Cartwright is one of the military’s most original thinkers, who possesses a unique blend of technical and strategic brilliance.”
- Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense.
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