Phillip Carter

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Director, Personnel & Resources Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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J.D. in law, UCLA School of Law; B.A. in political science, UCLA

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Phillip Carter is director of the Personnel & Resources Program within the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, the Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) operated by the RAND Corporation under contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, he develops and manages a research portfolio focused on personnel, training, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and organizational change.

Carter has a diverse background in public service, policy, and the private sector. He began his career as an Army officer, serving for more than 9 years, including a combat tour (2005-06) in Iraq as an embedded adviser with the Iraqi police. He later practiced acquisition and national security law in the private sector, managed a start-up government contractor supporting DoD and other agencies, and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy. Prior to joining RAND, Carter led a research program at the Center for a New American Security focused on veterans and military personnel, and served as that center's counsel. He has also served on advisory or governance boards for nonprofit organizations serving the veterans and military community, as well as on DoD's Reserve Forces Policy Board.

Carter is also an affiliate member of the faculty at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He earned a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Selected Publications

Phillip Carter, "What America Owes Its Veterans," Foreign Affairs, 96(Sept-Oct 2), 2017


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