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Jaron Wharton



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. He most recently served as a member of the National Security Council staff as a Deputy Executive Secretary, and later, as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy. He is a Ph.D. student at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy where his research focuses on the domestic politics that underpin decisions to use military force. He previously served in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Brigade Planner, Battalion Executive Officer, and Battalion Operations Officer. Before arrival at Fort Bragg, he was selected as a White House Fellow and served at both USAID and the Department of Commerce. His former assignments also 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 multiple tours with the 101st Airborne Division, as well as five combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in International Relations. He also earned an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an M.A. from Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy. He is a former term member of 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


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