Jones, 67, also served as the national security adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama from January 2009 to November 2010. Previously, he was the United States' special envoy for Middle East regional security.
Jones retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 after more than 40 years of service. From 1999-2003, he was the 32nd commandant of the Marine Corps. After his service as commandant, Jones was supreme allied commander, Europe and commander of the U.S. European Command.
"Jim Jones' depth of knowledge and experience in global security issues makes him a valuable addition to the General Dynamics board," said Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics.
Jones is president of Jones Group International, a global consultancy, and he serves on the boards of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council of the United States, the East-West Institute and the Bi-Partisan Policy Council.