Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent (Vince) R. Stewart was elected to The Aerospace Corporation’s Board of Trustees on September 2, 2020. He is currently the chief innovation and business intelligence officer at Ankura, a global business advisory and expert consulting company. Lt. Gen. Stewart retired from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 2019 after more than 38 years of active commissioned service to the nation. He most recently served as deputy commander at United States Cyber Command, one of the 11 Combatant Commands of the Department of Defense, with military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. Prior to that assignment, from 2015 through 2017, Lt. Gen. Stewart was the 20th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)—the first African American, first Jamaican American, and first Marine to hold that position—culminating an intelligence career by overseeing the global defense intelligence enterprise supporting customers from the President of the United States to the myriad of troops deployed around the world. In that role, he implemented regionally aligned, integrated analytic mission centers, bringing additional focus to global challenges facing the nation.
A career intelligence officer with more than 30 years of experience in national defense, cyber security, information technology development, and customer support, Lt. Gen. Stewart has served around the world in leadership positions for both the USMC and the National Security Agency, specializing in signals intelligence and cyber operations. His vast experience in managing large, complex global and national information operations, information technology deployment, and customer requirement satisfaction led to additional general officer assignments including commander, Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and director of intelligence, USMC.
Lt. Gen. Stewart earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a master’s degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. He has also completed executive development programs at Harvard University. Lt. Gen. Stewart is a member of various professional organizations, both public and private boards, and serves on government pro bono committees and panels to examine ways to enhance homeland and national security capabilities.
The numerous awards and honors Lt. Gen. Stewart has received throughout his career acknowledging excellence in service and capabilities include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Navy and Marine Corps Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star; the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.