Mr. Matthews held senior positions within the White House, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. At the White House, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for the coordination and implementation of all defense policy matters which rose to the level of the President. Previous to his White House service, Mr. Matthews was the Acting General Counsel and later Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Army, where he directly advised the Secretary of the Army, the Under Secretary of the Army and the Assistant Secretaries of the Army on the formulation of policy for all Army programs to include procurement, and the organization, training, and readiness of all land forces. Matthews has also previously served as a Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Special Counsel to the Director of National Intelligence, as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and as both an attorney and an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Mr. Matthews is a military veteran of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to serve today as a Colonel in the Army Reserve. He holds a B.A. from Villanova University, a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, and master’s degrees from the National Intelligence University, the Georgetown University Law Center and the U.S. Army War College.
Mr. Matthews is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.