Erin Moffitt is a career national security professional with experience in defense policy and advocacy. She is currently a senior analyst at the Center for Counterterrorism Studies within Joint Special Operations Command.

Erin previously served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) where she worked to craft DoD policy on information operations and irregular warfare. Before departing ASD SO/LIC she served as the Chief of Staff (Acting) for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations & Combatting Terrorism during the most recent administration transition.

Prior to SOLIC Erin served as active-duty Army Officer (Civil Affairs) for ten years. Her assignments include: US Special Operations Command – Central; U.S. Embassy Amman; and US Army Special Operations Command; and US Army Fellow with Creative Associates International.

Erin has extensive experience designing, implementing and evaluating USG projects and programs in the Middle East. While assigned to U.S. Embassy Amman Erin coordinated interagency and partner-nation efforts to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis and commissioned the first nation-wide study to identify factors impacting propensity and influence pathways toward violence extremism in Jordan.

Erin is a Tillman Scholar (2018) and Carlucci Fellow (2017).

B.A., Humanities and Augustinian Traditions, Villanova University
Master of Public Policy, Duke University

Countries/regions of expertise
Levant, Iran, Turkey

Issues of expertise
Irregular warfare (specifically counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, stability operations), Special Operations, Information Operations

Contact Information

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Twitter Handle: @erincmoffitt