Enterprise AI software provider C3 AI announced that retired Army Lt. Gen. Ed Cardon has joined as chair of C3 AI Federal Systems. He will provide leadership to C3 AI’s Federal Systems group on critical national priorities, including the widespread adoption of AI in defense and intelligence systems, cyber defense and ethical AI.
“General Cardon is acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative leaders in modernizing defense and intelligence,” said C3 AI CEO Thomas M. Siebel. “His vast experience in driving the digital transformation of the U.S. military and intelligence communities and building partnerships across the U.S. federal government will be invaluable in advising C3 AI to better serve the U.S. government.”
Cardon served in the U.S. Army for more than 36 years, during which he commanded troops in the U.S., Europe, Iraq and the Republic of Korea. As commanding general of the Army Cyber Command from 2013 to 2016, Cardon was tasked with the protection of all Army networks, systems and data, as well as conducting cyberspace operations around the world.
During his tenure, Cardon transformed the command into a world-class cyber force, creating two separate operational headquarters and growing the number of cyber mission teams from 2 to 41. He also created and led Task Force ARES that focused on offensive cyberspace operations against ISIS.
In 2016, Cardon became the director of the U.S. Army Office of Business Transformation, where he led the task force that created the Army Futures Command, which is responsible for the modernization of the Army. Since his retirement from the Army in 2018, Cardon has worked in industry and academia, and served as an advisor to the U.S. government.
“AI is one of the greatest transformational technologies of this century,” Cardon said. “C3 AI is a clear leader in enterprise AI. I am incredibly impressed by C3 AI’s leadership and talent, its rich software technology, and its commitment to the nation. I am excited to join this incredible team.”