News Release

February 2, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Vordick, VP & CIO, (703) 824-2015

LtGen Rusty Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret.) Joins CNA's Board of Trustees

Arlington, VA Ambassador Rozanne L. Ridgway, Chair of CNA’s Board of Trustees, announced that Lieutenant General Robert R. “Rusty” Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret.) has joined the CNA Board of Trustees.

“LtGen Blackman’s impressive career with the United States Marine Corps gives him experience and insight that will prove a real asset to the work and decision-making of our board,” said Ambassador Ridgway. “We’re pleased that he has joined us.”

LtGen Blackman, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, was commissioned into the Marine Corps from Cornell University in 1970. In his more than 37 years of active service with the Corps, his assignments included: command of 3d Battalion, 8th Marines; G-3 Operations Officer for MARCENT (Forward) during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Executive Officer to the Commander, U.S. Central Command; Commander, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; President of the Marine Corps University; Commanding General, 2d Marine Division; Director, Resources and Assessment, U.S. Central Command; Chief of Staff of the Coalition Forces Land Component Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Command.

After leaving active service, Lt Gen Blackman served with the Marine Corps’ Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Program and Joint Warfighting Center advising and mentoring operational commanders and staffs. He joined the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation as President and CEO in March 2011. 

“Lieutenant General Blackman’s exceptional record of service and accomplishment reflects the dedication and skill of a strong, smart leader,” said CNA President and CEO Katherine A.W. McGrady, Ph.D. “It is an honor that LtGen Blackman will be using those talents to help CNA continue to provide quality service to our sponsors and  clients.”

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and classrooms, and working side-by-side with a wide array of government decision-makers around the world. In addition to defense-related matters for the U.S. Department of the Navy, CNA’s research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security, energy security, water resources, enterprise systems and data analysis, and education.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


Elizabeth Cutler
Sr Communications Specialist

John Stimpson
Communications Associate