Phillip Lohaus has worked on national security issues in both the public and private sectors. While in government, Phillip focused on Middle East non-proliferation and economic security issues and served in both strategic and tactical assignments in support of the US military abroad. He is primarily interested in forward-looking questions, to include future warfare strategy and capabilities as well as the evolving use of American Special Forces. He has conducted studies into foreign denial and deception capabilities and supported various war gaming exercises both inside and outside of government. He has received numerous awards for his work, to include a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal from USSOCOM.
Analyst, United States Department of Defense, 2006-2012
Summer Associate, Long Term Strategy Group, 2011
Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, 2011-2012
Deployed Analyst, Multi-National Force – Iraq, 2007-2008
Civilian Embed, United States Army, Eastern Afghanistan, 2009
Intern, United States Senate, 2006
M.A., School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University B.A., University of Florida
Achieving the optimal balance between conventional forces and special operations forces will require recalibration through sound policy. Carefully delineating the roles of each force, taking a measured approach to flexibility, and allocating missions based on each force's comparative strengths will bring a sustainable equilibrium between the forces.
We don’t want to be involved in Iraq, apparently, except when we do. After sending several hundred special operations soldiers to serve in an advisory capacity to the Iraqi government, President Obama promised to guard against mission creep.
After years of scathing reviews by government auditors and congressional skeptics, the JSF may have finally evaded its greatest threat – the cost overruns and delays that once placed the entire program at risk.
In anticipation of John Brennan's appearance before the Senate Select Committee this afternoon for his confirmation hearing for CIA Director, President Obama announced late last night that he will provide the secret Justice Department memo authorizing the targeted killings of American terrorism suspects abroad to the congressional intelligence committees.
Thursday, John Brennan will face confirmation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. If confirmed, Brennan will lead a CIA that is more involved in paramilitary activities than at any time since its founding. In the past, Brennan has voiced...
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program has been criticized for cost overruns and project delays. It is the Pentagon's largest single acquisition program, but to what extent does it actually drive the overall budget? Answer: Not that much.
The F-35 Lightening II was designed as a versatile replacement for the aging American and allied tactical aircraft fleet. Program delays and cost increases, however, have garnered the platform its fair share of criticism. 133,000 current jobs and over $300 billion dollars over the life of the program are at stake. What are the facts?
Both mass and supremacy — two concepts at the core of the F-35 "Lightning II" Joint Strike Fighter program — are necessary to ensuring the superiority of American air power in the future. Therefore, the US government should continue funding the F-35 program to maintain global military preeminence.