Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
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. He previously 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). Following his law practice, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. Carter served as chief operating officer for Caerus Associates, a private-sector strategy and design firm.
Mr. Carter currently teaches as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for National Security Law & Policy, and the veterans advisory council for the Jericho Project, a non-profit organization in New York devoted to ending homelessness through innovative supportive housing programs. He continues to write extensively on legal and national security issues, with recent work appearing in the Washington Post, Slate, and Foreign Policy, and other publications, also 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).
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
On January 31, the Senate will hold confirmation hearings for former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be President Obama’s third secretary of defense. Hagel’s hearing comes at a time of strategic and budgetary uncertainty for the United States and for the Pentagon in particular. In the memo The Future of U.S. Defense Policy: Questions for Secretary of Defense Designate Chuck Hagel, CNAS experts Shawn Brimley, Phillip Carter and Jacob Stokes suggest several possible areas for senators to consider.Read More
In Upholding the Promise: Supporting Veterans and Military Personnel in the Next Four Years, CNAS Non-Resident Senior Fellow Phillip Carter urges the Obama Administration to develop an inclusive, strategic policy approach that serves veterans and military personnel as well as they have served the nation.Read More
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.
Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter discusses the significance of President Obama nominating the first openly gay Army secretary in The Washington Post.Read More
Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter examines employment rates for veterans in the private sector in Foreign Policy.Read More
Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phillip Carter examines Sen. Lindsey Graham's military record and reputation in USA Today.Read More
Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program Phillip Carter examines the VA and Department of Defense health records systems in Politico.Read More
In response to vigorous debate over U.S. strategy in Iraq following ISIS’ conquest of Ramadi, Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter has written a new Press Note arguing that the United States needs to embed combat advisors with Iraqi forces.Read More
Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter weighs in on the increasing divide between civilians and the U.S. military.Read More
Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter discusses military compensation reform in a Military Times article.Read More
In a recent Washington Post article Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phil Carter weighs in on Veterans Affairs building projects.Read More
Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program Phil Carter weighs in on the award ceremony for the of victims of the Fort Hood shooting.Read More
Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director Phillip Carter joins Federal News Radio to discuss an open letter on Defense Department reform.Read More
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.Read More
Senior Fellow Phillip Carter discusses the authorization for use of military force request and the White House's strategy to battle ISIS.Read More
Military, Veterans and Society Program Director Phillip Carter disusses electronic health records and healthcare technology with Federal News Radio.Read More
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.Read More
Senior Fellow Phillip Carter presents on today's veterans population at the CNAS Eighth Annual National Security Conference.Read More
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.Read More