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Andrew Exum

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Andrew Exum is a Washington, D.C.- based partner of Hakluyt & Company, a management consultancy. From 2015 to 2017, Andrew served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East Policy. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on international security strategy and policy for the Middle East, and for oversight of security cooperation programs, including foreign military sales, in the region. 

Andrew joined the Department of Defense from the Boston Consulting Group, another global management consulting firm, where he advised clients from a wide range of industries on business strategy. Andrew previously served in the Department of Defense on an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. 

A native of East Tennessee, Andrew was the recipient of an ROTC scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Classical Studies and English Literature. Andrew served four years on active duty in the U.S. Army. He led a platoon of light infantry in Afghanistan and later led Army Rangers as part of special operations task forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon leaving the Army, Andrew received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London.