Policy Interests: National security, civil-military relations, and war powers
Jaron Wharton is an active duty infantry officer in the United States Army originally from Hoover, Alabama, and presently serves as a Deputy Executive Secretary on the National Security Council. He previously served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to arrival at Fort Bragg, he was selected as a White House Fellow. His previous assignments include the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In this capacity, he focused on Afghanistan and served as a liaison to the President’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. His military assignments include five combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Jaron is also a former term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His military awards and decorations include four Bronze Star Medals (including one for valor), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
MA, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, 2017
MPA, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2009
BS, United States Military Academy, 2001