General James Cartwright, former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies, CSIS; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University; Interviewed by Michael Desch, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Over the last decade, drones have become a key tool in the US counterterrorism toolbox. But our technology may have outpaced our policy, with many questioning the program’s lack of transparency, morality, and long term political contributions. Please join The Chicago Council and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame for a conversation with General James Cartwright, led by Professor Michael Desch, on the strategic, legal, and ethical consequences of the controversial drone program.

General James Cartwright is the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the inaugural Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies at the Center for Security and International Studies, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and defense consultant for ABC News. He retired from active duty in 2011, after 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Cartwright previously served as commander of the US Strategic Command, commanding general of the First Marine Aircraft Wing, and deputy commanding general of Marine Forces Atlantic. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, and he received his MA from the Naval War College.

Michael Desch is professor and chair of the department of political science at the University of Notre Dame, and a fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is a founding director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and the first holder of the Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Previously, he was director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, assistant director and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, and a visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. He received his BA from Marquette University and his AM and PhD from the University of Chicago. 


Kenneth Roth, “What Rules Should Govern US Drone Attacks?The New York Review of Books, 04/03/13
Richard Haass, “The President Has Too Much Latitude to Order Drone Strikes,” Council on Foreign Relations, 02/18/13
Department of Justice White Paper on Targeted Killings, “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen Who Is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa'ida or An Associated Force,” Department of Justice, 2/4/2013
Ian Black, “CIA using Saudi base for drone assassinations in Yemen,” The Guardian, 02/06/13

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