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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

Professor Carter is Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. Prof. Carter...

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Professor Carter is Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. Prof. 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. Following his military service, Prof. Carter has worked in the private sector as an attorney and business leader. As an attorney, his law practice focused on government contracts, export controls, and national security law, including work for a broad array of clients including defense and aerospace companies, construction and logistics firms, financial institutions, and technology companies. Prof. 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, Prof. Carter served as chief operating officer for Caerus Associates, a private-sector strategy and design firm. In 2007-08, Prof. Carter served on the Obama campaign as a volunteer, and then the campaign’s national veterans director, after which he served as a political appointee in the Obama administration, responsible for detainee policy issues. Mr. Carter currently 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 writes extensively on legal and national security issues, with recent work appearing in the Washington Post and Foreign Policy, and also comments on national security issues as @inteldump on Twitter. He has been a member of the Georgetown Law adjunct faculty since 2013.

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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.

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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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