He left the Pentagon barely two months ago, but retired Gen. James Cartwright is on his way back. The former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff will serve on the influential Defense Policy Board.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday announced the appointment of Cartwright, who retired in August after not getting the top Pentagon military job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Others Panetta is naming to the advisory board include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick and former Rep. Jane Harman. Panetta, Albright and Gorelick all served in the Bill Clinton administration.
The high-level board provides advice and opinions to the defense secretary on a range of policy issues.