Phillip Lohaus is a research fellow in the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he blends practical experience gained from serving in the intelligence community with a broad interest in emerging foreign military capabilities. His current research focuses on the unconventional and emerging national security challenges posed by Russia, Iran, China, and the Islamic State. Before joining AEI, Mr. Lohaus served as an analyst with the Department of Defense and the Multi-National Force – Iraq. He was also embedded with the US Army in eastern Afghanistan. While in government, he focused on counterproliferation, counterterrorism, and economic security issues.

Mr. Lohaus’ writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Hill,,, and US News & World Report. At AEI, he has conducted studies on foreign denial and deception capabilities and on the balance between special operations and conventional forces. He has also served as the executive director of AEI’s American Internationalism Project. His awards include a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal from USSOCOM.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Lohaus has an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


  • Analyst, US Department of Defense, 2006–12
  • Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, 2011–12
  • Summer Associate, Long Term Strategy Group, 2011
  • Civilian Embed, US Army, Eastern Afghanistan, 2009
  • Deployed Analyst, Multi-National Force – Iraq, 2007–08
  • Intern, US Senate, 2006


M.A., School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
B.A., University of Florida