Phillip Karber

Named president of the Potomac Foundation in 2012, Phillip Karber, PhD, helps guide the Virginia-based organization. Internationally recognized for his expertise in matters of defense and national security, Dr. Phillip Karber joined the Potomac Foundation as a senior fellow when it opened in 1988.

A business executive who worked for more than 20 years at the BDM Corporation in McLean, Virginia, Dr. Phillip Karber gained international experience providing oversight of the company’s 6,000 overseas employees conducting business in more than 20 countries. Additionally, he served for seven years as board chair of the JFK International Air Terminal project, an international consortium. During his career, he has worked closely with both the United States and NATO, providing governments with defense strategies and advisement.

Dr. Karber previously served in the U.S. Marines and earned his doctorate in international law at Georgetown University. He gained additional certificates from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School.

Since 1978, Dr. Karber has filled a professorship at Georgetown. There, he teaches military strategy and international security studies and is a founder of the university’s Asian Arms Control Project.

  • Work
    • The Potomac Foundation
  • Education
    • Georgetown University