Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program
Phillip Carter is a Senior Fellow and
Director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New
American Security (CNAS). His research focuses on issues facing veterans and military
personnel, force structure and readiness issues, and civil-military relations.
Mr. Carter is recognized as one of the leading voices of the
Iraq and Afghanistan generation of veterans. His writing on national security
and veterans issues has appeared in The
New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate and the Washington Monthly, as well as the INTEL DUMP blog which he ran
In 2007, he helped stand up the Obama campaign’s veterans policy
committee; he later joined the campaign in 2008 as its national veterans
director, responsible for all aspects of outreach, policy and political
engagement with the veterans community. In 2009, Mr. Carter served as a
political appointee in the Obama administration, responsible for detainee
policy at the Department of Defense.
He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Caerus
Associates, a strategy and design firm focused on stability and development in
conflict-affected spaces. Prior to joining Caerus, Mr. Carter practiced law
with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. His practice focused government contracts
and national security issues, including issues arising for contractors during
performance in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past several years, he also
participated in several landmark national security cases, co-authoring or
authoring briefs in 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).
Previously, Mr. Carter served nine years as an Army military
police and civil affairs officer, including a year in Iraq where he advised the
provincial police, judiciary and prisons in Iraq’s Diyala province.
In addition to his work for Caerus and CNAS, Mr. Carter
currently serves on the board of directors for the Army Heritage Foundation in
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 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.