Joseph H. Felter

Joseph H. Felter, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University. Felter retired in 2012 from the US Army as a Colonel, following a career as a Special Forces and Foreign Area Officer with distinguished service in a variety of special operations, diplomatic and other military assignments. He has conducted foreign internal defense and security assistance missions across East and Southeast Asia and has participated in combat deployments to Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As a military attaché to the Philippines he helped develop the country’s counterterrorist capabilities and advance the peace process between a major Islamic separatist group. Felter has extensive organizational leadership and program management experience notably having built West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center into an internationally recognized center of excellence for terrorism education and research. He recently led the International Security and Assistance Force, Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team deployed throughout Afghanistan reporting directly to General Stanley McChrystal and Gen David Petraeus advising them on counterinsurgency tactics, operations and strategy. Felter is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (B.S.), the Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.A.), and Stanford University (Ph.D.). Felter’s research focuses on assessing and developing effective counterinsurgency forces and employment strategies.