Lieutenant General Daniel L. Karbler, U.S. Army (Ret.), Joins CSIS Missile Defense Project

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 25, 2024 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today announced that Lieutenant General Daniel L. Karbler, U.S. Army (retired), has joined CSIS as a non-resident senior adviser with the International Security Program’s Missile Defense Project and as a member of the project’s advisory board.

Lieutenant General Karbler brings to CSIS expertise and technical insight from over three decades of military service and prominent roles in U.S. missile defense development, integration, and deterrence. His track record of exemplary leadership and innovation will bolster the Missile Defense Project’s work across the full range of policy, program, and strategic issues.

“As the global threat landscape rapidly changes, the mission of the CSIS Missile Defense Project has never been more important. Lieutenant General Karbler’s distinguished career will help us to provide policymakers insightful solutions to the many difficult problems in the air and missile defense domains,” said Dr. John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO. “We are proud to welcome Lieutenant General Karbler to CSIS and look forward to the contributions he will make to our scholarship.”

“In the world of missile defense, there are few people as respected as Dan Karbler,” said Dr. Tom Karako, director of the CSIS Missile Defense Project. “As a world-class strategic thinker and leader, his insights while in uniform have long informed our work, and we are grateful he will continue to do so in this new capacity.”

Lieutenant General Karbler most recently served as commanding general of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD). Karbler led the mission change and subsequent stand-up of U.S. Space Command. Prior to serving as commanding general, Lieutenant General Karbler was the chief of staff of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and principal adviser to the USSTRATCOM commander and deputy commander. In addition, Lieutenant General Karbler served as commanding general of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command and the director of Joint and Integration, Army G-8 at the Pentagon.

“I am honored to join the CSIS team and look forward to contributing to the discourse on national security, particularly in the mission areas of deterrence, air and missile defense, and space operations,” said Lieutenant General Karbler.

Prior to his work at USSTRATCOM, Lieutenant General Karbler held a variety of other leadership positions. He has commanded both the B Battery and the D Battery in the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command while assigned to U.S. Army Europe. He began his career in 1987 as second lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery branch and shortly after began working with the then relatively new Patriot surface-to-air missile system.

The CSIS Missile Defense Project is recognized globally for its world-class research and analysis at the forefront of solutions for the full spectrum of missile defense and defeat issues. The project hosts a variety of events to shape the debate about policy, budgets, legislation, and both current and future programs. It also operates Missile Threat, a website that brings together a wide range of information and analysis relating to global missile proliferation and the air and missile defense systems designed to defeat them.

To learn more and read recent analysis by the CSIS Missile Defense Project, visit here.