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Phillip E. Carter


Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); J.D., UCLA School of Law

Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. His research focuses...

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Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow 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. Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow 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 v. 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 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).

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"Mueller has obtained 'tens of thousands' of Trump transition team emails," coverage by Business Insider, December 16, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter, fellow, Center for a New American Security.

Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter appeared on the PBS NewsHour on September 27, 2017. His interview begins at the 7:44 mark on the video.

"Joe Scarborough Suggests Young Men Should Spend More Time Dying in Wars, Less on Video Games," coverage in San Francisco Gate, August 7, 2017, mentioning Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter.

"How many parts of the Scout Law did Donald Trump's Jamboree speech break?" an opinion piece in the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), July 26, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter.

"Unpresidential Command," an opinion piece in Slate, July 24, 2017, by Adjunct Professor Phillip E. Carter, referencing Professor Rosa Brooks. 

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"Mueller has obtained 'tens of thousands' of Trump transition team emails," coverage by Business Insider, December 16, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter, fellow, Center for a New American Security.

Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter appeared on the PBS NewsHour on September 27, 2017. His interview begins at the 7:44 mark on the video.

"Joe Scarborough Suggests Young Men Should Spend More Time Dying in Wars, Less on Video Games," coverage in San Francisco Gate, August 7, 2017, mentioning Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter.

"How many parts of the Scout Law did Donald Trump's Jamboree speech break?" an opinion piece in the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), July 26, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter.

"Unpresidential Command," an opinion piece in Slate, July 24, 2017, by Adjunct Professor Phillip E. Carter, referencing Professor Rosa Brooks. 

"The Four Big Scandals of the Trump Administration," a piece by Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter, July 11, 2017, appearing in Slate.

"Byron York: Trump-Russia investigation takes sharp turn toward the dumb," coverage by the Washington Examiner (DC), July 11, 2017, quoting from a piece authored by Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter.

"The Daily 202: Trump White House might learn more from studying Whitewater than Watergate as Comey testifies," coverage in The Washington Post, June 8, 2017, quoting from a piece by Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter.

"The Hawks Are Winning," a piece by Adjunct Professor Phillip Carter in Slate, April 11, 2017.

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