March 29, 2019 | Press Release

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Edward C. Cardon Named to Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power

March 29, 2019 | Press Release

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Edward C. Cardon Named to Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power

(Washington, D.C., March 29, 2019) – Lieutenant General (retired) Edward C. Cardon has joined the Board of Advisors for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on Military and Political Power (CMPP).

Lt. Gen. Cardon served for over 36 years in the United States Army, including as Commanding General of 2d Infantry Division in South Korea and Commanding General of U.S. Army Cyber Command. Earlier in his career, he commanded a combat brigade in Iraq. He also served as the Director of the Army’s Office of Business Transformation, leading efforts that helped create Army Futures Command. Lt. Gen. Cardon earned degrees from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Naval War College, and the Naval Command and Staff College.

“Lieutenant General Cardon earned a reputation as one of the Joint Force’s most imaginative and effective leaders,” said CMPP Chairman Lt. Gen. (Ret.) H.R. McMaster. “I often thought that if we had a modern-day Manhattan Project that Ed Cardon would be the right person for the job.  His vast experience, especially in conceptualizing and building vital capabilities for operations in cyberspace, will make him an invaluable member of the CMPP team.”

Most recently, he led the task force that helped create Army Futures Command, which is responsible for modernizing the Army. The foundation of this work enabled the reorganization of the Army’s command structure and created the Army’s first new major Command since 1973.

General Cardon has extensive experience establishing, leading, and transforming organizations.  He has created an entirely new brigade to a strength of more than 4,000 Soldiers and deployed to Iraq. While commanding one of the Army’s premier Infantry Division’s located in the Republic of Korea, he led the merger of disparate multi-national organizations with distinct and contrasting missions into a single, unified organization. He transformed and scaled Army Cyber Command into a world-class cyber force, while simultaneously standing up new cyber organizations to meet the demands of this contested domain.

“We are honored to have Lieutenant General Cardon join the Center on Military and Political Power’s Board of Advisors,” said CMPP Senior Director Bradley Bowman. “He brings tremendous Army leadership and operational experience, as well as deep knowledge regarding the future of war and the cyber challenges the Department of Defense confronts. I look forward to working with him to support CMPP’s mission.”

CMPP’s Board of Advisors also includes former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work; former Senator Kelly Ayotte; Amb. Eric Edelman, former undersecretary of defense for policy; David Kilcullen, former Chief Strategist in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau; former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Nadia Schadlow; Samantha Ravich, a former White House senior national security official and current vice-chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; and former National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah.

About FDD:
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a Washington, DC-based non-partisan policy institute focusing on national security and foreign policy. Visit our website at and connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

About CMPP:

The Center on Military and Political Power (CMPP) provides rigorous, timely, and relevant research and analysis to deter and defeat the political-military threats to the United States and our allies, and assists in the development of defense strategies, policies, and capabilities to defend our freedom, prosperity and security.

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