Andrew Exum served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy at the U.S. Department of Defense from 2015-2016. He was formerly a consultant at Boston Consulting Group and is a scholar, author, and former U.S. Army officer.
During his career with the U.S. Army, Exum served in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan from 2000 to 2004 and obtained the rank of captain. In 2009, he served as an adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan and in 2010, he participated in an assessment conducted for General David Petraeus. Exum also served as a subject matter expert on Egypt and the Levant for the 2008-2009 CENTCOM Assessment Team. In addition, Exum served as special adviser for Middle East policy at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Exum is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Middle East Studies Association, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Exum is the author of This Man's Army: A Soldier's Story from the Frontlines of the War on Terror and he contributed to the best-selling e-book Beyond Bin Laden. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other newspapers.
Last Updated: June 21, 2017