Warren Edwards is the Director of the Community and Regional Research Institute (CARRI) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
CARRI is housed at the Meridian Institute where their partnership can leverage both organizations’ deep expertise in building collaborative foundations for resilience and stability. The mission of CARRI is to help develop and then share critical paths that any community or region may take to strengthen its ability to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant man-made or natural disasters with minimal downtime of basic community, government, and business services. CARRI supports communities in their resilience building efforts and also works with state, regional, and national stakeholders to create incentives and support for community resilience.
After retiring as a Major General from the United States Army and before joining UT-Battelle, Mr. Edwards served as the Chief Operating Officer for Oak Ridge Technology Connections (TechConnect), LLC. In that position he established the start-up business plan, the operating systems, policies, and business procedures for a high-technology consulting enterprise and brought them to full operating capability.
Prior to TechConnect, Mr. Edwards was a Senior Director for CACI, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. In that capacity, he established the Atlanta operations office for CACI and managed a series of programs throughout the Southeast supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
During his more than 30 years of military service, Mr. Edwards held numerous positions including, Deputy Commanding General, Coalition Land Component Command/3rd US Army, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan); Deputy Commanding General, 5th US Army; Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; and Chief of Staff, US Army Aviation Center and School, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Senior-level commands include the 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea and the 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Mr. Edwards also served as the Chief of the Operations Division, National Military Command System, the Joint Staff.
Mr. Edwards graduated from the University of Richmond, Richmond Virginia and holds a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and Staff College and a Masters of Science in International Studies from the US Naval War College. Mr. Edwards and his wife, Diane, currently reside in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and have one grown son, Joel.