Luke Hartig

Fellow, International Security Program

Luke Hartig is a fellow in New America's International Security program, with a research specialization in counterterrorism. He is also executive director of National Journal's Network Science Initiative, a research effort that helps groups better understand the entire terrain of voices around public policy issues.

Prior to his current roles, Hartig served as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council (NSC), where he was responsible for advising White House leadership on counterterrorism matters, co-managing the NSC’s counterterrorism policy and analysis team, and coordinating U.S. government counterterrorism policy and programs. Hartig previously served as the deputy director for counterterrorism operations and as a foreign affairs specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Hartig 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. Hartig began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala.

Hartig holds a master’s in public policy 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, a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and was named a Next Generation National Security Leader by the Center for a New American Security in 2013.

Hartig lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons.

All Work

Can Trump Unravel Obama’s Rules of War?

Luke Hartig wrote for Foreign Policy about whether Trump can unravel Obama’s rules of war.

Obama Expands War With Al Qaeda to Include Shabab in Somalia

Luke Hartig was quoted in the New York Times about the United States expanding its war against Al Qaeda to include Shabab in Somalia.

The Drone Playbook

An essay on the recently released Presidential Policy Guidance for the use of drones.

US at Crossroads on Drone Ops

Luke Hartig wrote for CNN about the United States' policy toward drone operations.