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Andrew Exum was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy at the U.S. Department of Defense from 2015 until 2017. At the Pentagon, he served as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on international security strategy and policy for the Middle East, and for oversight of security cooperation programs, including foreign military sales, in the region. 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 has a B.A. in English Literature and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in War Studies from the University of London.
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. He is a contributing editor at the Atlantic, where he writes on U.S. defense and foreign policy.