CNAS announces former Pentagon official Phillip Carter as senior fellow

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has announced that Phillip Carter, a former senior level Obama administration Pentagon appointee, has joined the think tank as a non-resident senior fellow.

Carter, a founding member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, will focus his research on the reintegration process of veterans into civilian life at a time of budgetary constraints.

“As a former Army officer and veteran of the U.S. war in Iraq, Phil is particularly well-suited to help us examine the challenges of assimilating veterans into their communities after more than 10 years of war,” said CNAS CEO Nathaniel Fick.

Carter currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Caerus Associates and has practiced government contracts and national security law at the firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

He was the national veterans director on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and also served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, where he was the chief architect of the Obama administration’s plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Carter also wrote the Post’s Intel Dump blog from 2002 to 2009.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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