Phillip Carter

  • Military, Veterans, and Society

Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing veterans and military personnel, force structure and readiness issues, and civil-military relations.

Mr. Carter began his career as an Army officer, serving for several years in the active and reserve components as a military police and civil affairs officer.  He deployed to Iraq in 2005-06, where he served as an embedded adviser with the Iraqi police in the Diyala province, and worked closely with the State Department’s Provincial Reconstruction Team.  After coming home, Mr. Carter became increasingly involved in veterans and national security policy issues.   In 2007, Mr. Carter helped stand up the Obama campaign’s veterans policy committee; in 2008, he joined the campaign as its national veterans director, responsible for policy and political engagement with the veterans and military community. In 2009, Mr. Carter served as a political appointee in the Obama administration, responsible for detainee policy issues. 

In addition to his military and government experience, Mr. Carter has worked in the private sector as an attorney and business leader.  From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Carter served as chief operating officer and counsel for Caerus Associates, a private-sector strategy and design firm. Prior to that, Mr. Carter practiced law with a major international law firm, where his work focused on government contracts, export controls, and national security law.  Mr. Carter authored briefs in the landmark national security cases Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (relating to military commissions at Guantanamo Bay), FAIR vs. Rumsfeld (relating to military recruiting on university campuses) and Al-Aulaqi v. Obama (a challenge to U.S. targeting of al Qaeda personnel in Yemen).  Mr. Carter continues to practice law as counsel with the law firm Fluet Huber + Hoang PLLC, focusing on government contracts and national security law.

Mr. Carter currently serves on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, teaches as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for National Security Law & Policy.  He writes extensively on legal and national security issues, and comments on national security issues as @Carter_PE on Twitter. 

A native of Southern California, Mr. Carter attended college and law school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  

  • March 28, 2016
  • Amy Schafer, Katherine Kidder, Phillip Carter
  • Reports

Needs Assessment: Veterans in the Dallas-Fort Worth Region

An assessment by the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program finds that Dallas-Fort Worth area veterans face diverse challenges including access to VA services, economics, housing, and transportation issues, with many of these issues exacerbated by the region's booming economy.

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  • December 7, 2015
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Reports

Charting the Sea of Goodwill

Report conducts a comprehensive landscape analysis of the military and veteran-service organization space and its funding sources, and finds that while the support needed by more than 21 million veterans in America is growing, philanthropic support is fragmented and charitable contributions are not keeping pace.

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  • November 17, 2015
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Reports

CNAS Needs Assessment: Veterans in Southwest Pennsylvania

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter and Bacevich Fellow Katherine Kidder author a study on Southwest Pennsylvania's veterans community, drawing upon data from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and other sources.

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  • November 10, 2015
  • Phillip Carter, Dr. Jason Dempsey, Katherine Kidder, Amy Schafer
  • Reports

Passing the Baton: A Bipartisan 2016 Agenda for the Veteran and Military Community

As the 2016 election cycle moves into full swing, four CNAS experts lay out a comprehensive overview of issues facing the veteran and military community and a plan with substantive recommendations for how the next President can best serve the veteran and military community.

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  • February 3, 2015
  • Shawn Brimley, Phillip Carter, Elbridge Colby, Patrick M. Cronin, Michele Flournoy, Ilan Goldenberg, Jerry Hendrix, Nicholas Heras, Van Jackson, Katherine Kidder, Paul Scharre, Julianne Smith, Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan
  • Reports

Ideas to Action: Suggestions for the 25th Secretary of Defense

In advance of Dr. Ashton Carter’s upcoming nomination hearing to be Secretary of Defense, CNAS experts have produced a series of commentaries outlining the key issues the 25th Secretary of Defense will face.

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  • January 26, 2015
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Policy Briefs

Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization: A Primer

Phillip Carter and Katherine Kidder examine the growth of military compensation in the post-Cold War era, from 1990 to 2015, as well as the social contract America has with its All-Volunteer Force, and the ways in which monetary compensation should be considered as part of a broader talent management strategy for the armed forces.

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  • December 13, 2013
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Policy Briefs

Needs Assessment: Veterans in the Western United States

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter and Research Associate Katherine Kidder have released a study that examines the struggles that some veterans are confronting in adjusting  to civilian life as well as the service related issues some suffer later in life.

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  • November 25, 2013
  • Phillip Carter
  • Policy Briefs

Expanding the Net: Building Mental Health Care Capacity for Veterans

Although the VA will spend nearly $7 billion this year on mental health care for veterans, CNAS Senior Fellow Phillip Carter argues in Expanding the Net: Building Mental Health Care Capacity for Veterans, this is not likely to be enough. The report urges the VA to rely more on the private sector and work more closely with local community and private philanthropic organizations.

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  • November 13, 2013
  • Phillip Carter
  • Commentaries

International Law Constrains U.S. Action in Syria

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Two basic legal principles animate our current international system: states are sovereign, and they shall not, generally speaking, attack each other. . . . As the U.S. weighs action against the brutal Syrian regime, it must decide whether to abide by these laws, or abandon them in pursuit of some greater good to be gained through an arguably unlawful intervention in Syria.

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  • November 13, 2013
  • Richard Fontaine, David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Patrick M. Cronin, Phillip Carter, Nora Bensahel, Richard Williamson, Gordon Miller, Katherine Kidder
  • Commentaries

CNAS Commentaries: The Way Forward in Syria

CNAS Commentaries: The Way Forward in Syria

Nine experts at the Center for a New American Security offer analysis and commentary on the range of issues relating to the U.S. response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Asad regime in Syria.

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  • January 22, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald, Phillip Carter
  • Events

A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes

CNAS cordially invites you to attend a panel discussion of how the Department of Defense and others are leveraging technology to improve health care outcomes, improve readiness, and do so with greater efficiency.

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  • June 2, 2016
  • Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • In the News

Veterans Groups Split Over Trump’s Fundraising

A report from senior fellow Phillip Carter and Bacevich fellow Katherine Kidder provide information on veterans' nonprofit organization income in Foreign Policy magazine.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

U.S. Lauds Iraqi Forces for Gains Against Islamic State in Ramadi

In the Wall Street Journal, Phillip Carter, senior fellow and director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, discusses ISIS in Ramadi.

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  • January 15, 2016
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

A defense/veterans wish list for the State of the Union

Phillip Carter, director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, discussed President Obama's omission of VA health reform in the 2016 State of the Union address.

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  • December 16, 2015
  • Katherine Kidder, Phillip Carter
  • In the News

Are We Ready For The Decline Of Veteran And Military Nonprofits?

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter, and Bacevich Fellow Katherine Kidder are mentioned in regards to their report "Charting the Sea of Goodwill" in Task & Purpose.

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  • December 3, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

High veteran unemployment appears to be in the past, but the push for more hires continues

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter discusses the value of promoting veterans in the workforce in The Los Angeles Times.

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  • November 19, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

Western Pennsylvania foundations to help veterans utilize skills

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter examines the relationship between the VA and veterans in The Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

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  • November 18, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

How satisfied with services are Pittsburgh-area veterans?

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter discusses his study on services available to veterans in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  • November 18, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

VA looks to revamp private care for veterans in ambitious plan

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter examines private care services for veterans in The Washington Post.

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  • November 4, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

Obama's counterterrorism chief takes fresh stab at closing Guantanamo

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter discusses new efforts to close Guantanamo Bay in Reuters.

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  • November 3, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

Veteran Jobs Mission: New Name, New Goal for Hiring One Million U.S. Military Veterans

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter discusses the work of the Veterans Jobs Mission in Market Watch.

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  • October 2, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • Op-eds

Why foreign troops can't fight our fights

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter penned an op-ed discussing whether foreign troops can be effective in the pursuit of US interests in The Washington Post.

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  • May 12, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • Op-eds

Sigh, Sy

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter pens a Slate op-ed discussing Seymour Hersh’s latest dispatch in the London Review of Books.

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  • February 2, 2015
  • Katherine Kidder, Phillip Carter
  • Blog: The Agenda

INFOGRAPHIC: Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization

  • August 14, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Op-eds

Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter in The Daily Beast analyzes the excessive militarization of American police forces by drawing a striking comparison between U.S. armed forces in Iraq to Missouri's Ferguson Police Department.

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  • July 29, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Op-eds

It’s Time to Talk About the Role of U.S. Civilians in Modern War

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter and Janine Davidson, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, advocate that deployed American civilian personnel receive "adequate support and security."

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  • July 9, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Op-eds

When 9,800 Doesn't Equal 9,800

Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter weighs in on President Obama's Afghan plan in a Foreign Policy op-ed.

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  • July 9, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Op-eds

How to Fix the VA

Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter penned an op-ed for Slate Magazine providing suggestions for how to repair the problematic VA health care system in the aftermath of Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation.

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  • December 4, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald, Phillip Carter
  • Blog: The Agenda

A Better Procurement Model

  • November 25, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald, Phillip Carter
  • Blog: The Agenda

National Security Startups

  • November 22, 2013
  • Phillip Carter
  • Blog: The Agenda

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  • June 15, 2016
  • Phillip Carter
  • Videos

Video: It’s the weapon of choice for U.S. mass murderers: the AR-15

Senior fellow Phillip Carter explains the mechanics of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles on PBS Newshour. 

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  • May 7, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • Audio

Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter joins Federal News Radio to discuss an open letter on Defense Department reform.

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  • March 2, 2015
  • Michele Flournoy, Phillip Carter, Katherine Kidder
  • Videos

Video: Women and Leadership in National Security

CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy, Senior Fellow Phillip Carter, and Research Associate Katherine Kidder discuss the vision behind CNAS' initiative discussing women and leadership in national security.

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  • February 23, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • Videos

This Week in Defense News: The AUMF and IS Strategy

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter discusses the authorization for use of military force request and the White House's strategy to battle ISIS.

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  • January 29, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • Audio

Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Military, Veterans and Society Program Director Phillip Carter disusses electronic health records and healthcare technology with Federal News Radio.

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  • December 3, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Videos

Redesigning the All-Volunteer Force of the Future

On November 20, CNAS hosted a half-day conference on the civilian-military divide and the future of an all-volunteer force. The second panel, focused on redesigning the all-volunteer force of the future, featured Dr. Tim Kane, Margaret Harrell, Hon. Arnold Punaro, Spencer Kympton and Phillip Carter.

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  • June 19, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Videos

Video: Visualizing Today's Veterans Population and Forecasting the Issues of Tomorrow

Senior Fellow Phillip Carter presents on today's veterans population at the CNAS Eighth Annual National Security Conference.

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  • May 9, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • Videos

Video: Under scrutiny before, VA delay allegations strike a chord

PBS NewsHour interviews Military, Veterans and Society Director Phillip Carter on allegations that dozens of patients have died because of delayed treatment at a VA hospital.

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