Luke Hartig

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Luke Hartig (@LukeHartig) is a fellow in New America’s International Security program. He is also executive director of National Journal’s Network Science Initiative, a research effort that maps policy influencers and the connections among them.

Luke previously served as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council (NSC), where he was responsible for advising White House leadership on counterterrorism matters and co-managing the NSC’s counterterrorism policy office. Prior to the NSC, Luke served as the deputy director for counterterrorism operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Luke has also served in various national security positions with the State Department, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Luke began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Luke holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in international relations from Boston University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Articles by this author:

Questions on the Baghuz Strikes

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Nov 15th, 2021

Reexamining the Fundamentals of the Drone Program After the Kabul Strike


Nov 10th, 2021

Five Principles to End the Forever War


Sep 7th, 2021

Biden’s Drone Policy Review: Recommendations for a Reset


Mar 5th, 2021

Letting Diplomacy Lead US Counterterrorism: What Would That Look Like?


Mar 1st, 2021

Not a Coup at DOD: How Acting Sec. Miller’s Reorganization May Improve Special Ops Oversight


Nov 20th, 2020

Prosecuting the ISIS “Beatles:” A testament to dedicated US government professionalism


Oct 9th, 2020

On 9/11, Interrogating the Assumptions that Undergird the “Forever War”


Sep 11th, 2020

Ten Days that Show Why Trump’s Wrong on Terrorism

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May 27th, 2020

What Counts As Sufficient Transparency on Civilian Casualties in Somalia


Apr 20th, 2020

Trump’s Fatal Mistake: Killing Soleimani vs. Countering ISIS


Jan 6th, 2020

The Missing Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Soleimani Strike


Jan 3rd, 2020

IG Falls Short of Justice in Investigating Political Retaliation at the State Department


Nov 22nd, 2019

Trump’s Communications Malpractice Mars His Victory Lap on al-Baghdadi


Oct 28th, 2019

How the GOP’s Internal Politics of Raiding Military Construction Projects Will Play Out


Sep 4th, 2019

Part III: The Muddy Middle: A New Framework for Use of Force

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Aug 16th, 2019

Part II: The Muddy Middle: Challenges of Applying Use of Force Policy Guidance in Practice

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Aug 15th, 2019

The Muddy Middle: The Disappearing Lines in America’s Counterterrorism Wars and How to Restore Order

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Aug 14th, 2019

Revisiting General Counsel Ney’s Speech in Light of New Pentagon Leadership


Jul 31st, 2019

Asking the Right Question on Iran, Al-Qaeda and the AUMF

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Jun 21st, 2019

Less Transparency Won’t Fix a Lack of Transparency: A Response to Gen. Dunlap on Civilian Casualty Reporting Requirements


Mar 22nd, 2019

I Helped Write the Exec Order on Public Reporting of Lethal Operations. Here’s What Trump Has Undone.


Mar 8th, 2019

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