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Jonathan Freeman is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project and an international consultant specializing on operations, strategy and political intelligence. He is a decorated combat veteran and has served in both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a political appointee. From October 2009 to August 2012, Freeman held an appointment at the USAID as the Senior Advisor in the Office of Civil Military Cooperation. He previously served as the Deputy White House Liaison at the Department of Defense, where he was responsible for assisting the appointment of all the political appointees at the Pentagon. In 2007-2008, Freeman was the Deputy Director of Veterans and Military Families Outreach on the Obama for America campaign. Immediately following the campaign, Freeman joined the Presidential Inaugural Committee as the Director of the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs.
A former active duty U.S. Army Officer, Freeman served in Taji, Iraq as a Fire Support Officer for B Company, 2-70 AR where he helped plan and execute both lethal and non-lethal operations north of Baghdad. In November 2006, he worked on a Transition Team, deploying again to Iraq in February 2007, assisting a Border Police Battalion in Tal ‘Afar and then an Iraqi Army unit in Samarra. In 2011, Freeman volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan, serving at the Headquarters Commander of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435. His military awards include the Bronze Star (with an Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He continues to serve as a Major on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon as a Reservist.
Freeman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Michigan and a Masters from Harvard University’s Extension School. He holds an MBA with honors from UMASS-Amherst, and is currently completing his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics.