Charles McLaughlin

About Charles McLaughlin

Visiting Fellow

Charles McLaughlin comes to the Center for the Study of Statesmanship with a background that includes government, private sector, nonprofit, and education leadership. His main interests include the art and practice of strategy and statesmanship. He currently serves as Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council and was formerly Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Prior to joining the government, Charles was a private sector strategy consultant and an executive at a global hedge fund. He began his career as a U.S. Army officer, first in the Armored Cavalry and then the Special Forces. After leaving active duty he continued military service in the Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel in 2016. His military background includes humanitarian, peacekeeping, and combat operations; strategic planning roles; and tours as a faculty member at West Point.

Charles as a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds an A.M. in Russian Area Studies from Harvard University, an MBA in strategic management from MIT, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. A Knight of Malta, he is active in church and nonprofit organizations. Charles lives in northern Virginia with his wife, an Army JAG officer, and—when they are home from their respective colleges—his two sons.