The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James E. Cartwright (USMC retired), in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Until August 3rd of this year, General Cartwright served as the eighth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the Nation’s second highest ranking military officer and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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. His operational assignments include flight time 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 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

General Cartwright's command assignments include: 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 include: 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).

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 provides advice to Deputy Secretary of Defense on resourcing and other high level departmental business issues.


As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Belfer Center Directors' Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By indicating your desire to attend the Lunch, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center's strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the lunch. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.