The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has announced that General James E. Cartwright, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined CSIS as the inaugural Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies.

“As the United States faces changing and increasing political, economic and security challenges, it is crucial that our nation’s most experienced and capable leaders remain active in the public process of U.S. policymaking,” said CSIS Counselor and Trustee Harold Brown, in a released statement. He added, “General Cartwright has always put America’s security first and I am delighted that he will continue to help shape policies and influence decisions to make us all safer and more secure.”

General Cartwright served as the eighth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, making him the nation’s second highest ranking military officer.

In this capacity, 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.

Cartwright retired from service in August 2011.