Alexander (Alex) L. Carter
Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army

ARMY FELLOW
Areas of Expertise - Strategy, Change Management, Process Improvement, Civil-Military Relations

Lieutenant Colonel Alex Carter joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in June 2017. His areas of focus at APCSS are Strategy, Change Management, Process Improvement, and Civil-Military Relations based on his civilian career as a management consultant primarily with IBM, Inc. and his military career (primarily in the Army Reserve) as a Civil Affairs officer.

A native of London, United Kingdom, Alex immigrated with his family to the United States when he was a teenager, later becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. Alex’s military career began in 1986 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Following a number of years in the Marines on both active duty and in the reserves, Alex transferred to the Virginia Army National Guard and then into the U.S. Army Reserve. Alex has deployed three times to support combat operations, including twice to Iraq as an Army Civil Affairs officer. Notable operational and staff assignments include Civil Affairs Team Chief, Company  Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, and Branch Chief at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

LTC Carter’s military education and training includes the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Army Command and General Staff College, Army Basic Instructor Course, Defense Strategy Course, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Reserve Component National Security Course, and the HQDA Strategic Broadening Seminar (United Kingdom). LTC Carter’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal (USMC), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, with Bronze Service Star Device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Service Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism – Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with Silver Hourglass, “M” Device, and Numeral “4”, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Arctic Service Ribbon, Basic Parachutist Badge, Polish Parachutist Badge, Naval Aircrewman Badge, German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Gold), and the Combat Action Badge Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbell University, a Master of Science in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. LTC Carter is a certified HQDA Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Alex’s publications include “Team-based Budgeting: A Case Study of Fauquier County, Virginia” published in Government Finance Review (1997), “When you only have 2 Days”, published in Chemical Review (2003) and “Improving Joint Interagency Coordination”, published in Joint Force Quarterly (2015). Alex also enjoys fiction writing and in 2017 published a book series about corporate humor in the workplace based off the adventures of an office worker called Chip Clementine, including “Part 1 – An Usual Week on the 4th Floor”, “Part 2 – Living Life as it Happened – From one Meeting to the Next”, “Part 3 – Giving Meaning to the Mundane”, and “Part 4 – Cubicle Life is not as Bad as it Seems”.

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