Adam S Lovinger


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Security Studies


Center for Security Studies (CSS)
  • General profile
General profile


Adam S. Lovinger works as a strategist in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA) providing direct support on long-term strategy to the Secretary of Defense. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and McDonough School of Business.

Since the spring of 2014, Mr. Lovinger has co-taught the first and only course on net assessment in an American MBA program.

Working from within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since 2004, Mr. Lovinger conducts diagnostic analyses highlighting emerging strategic problems and opportunities confronting the Department's leadership, and identifies strategic management issues relating to the long-term military competition between the U.S. and her competitors.

Mr. Lovinger’s portfolio within ONA includes net assessments and competitive strategies developed for the Secretary of Defense on:

• Strategic competition in the Indian Ocean region, the Persian Gulf, and sub-Saharan Africa.

• How the discipline of net assessment, as developed over forty years within ONA, may inform “alliance strategy”; with a particular focus upon the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

• The long-term global strategic competition between the U.S. and “regressive” non-state forces and ideological movements.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Lovinger served as general counsel within OSD's lead office focused upon operational reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and as associate deputy general counsel for DoD. In such capacity Mr. Lovinger was the principal U.S. government liaison to the United Nations entity overseeing U.S. stewardship of the Development Fund for Iraq. Prior to his government service, Mr. Lovinger was an international project finance lawyer in London-based firms Clifford Chance and Freshfields.

Since 2011 he has served as guest lecturer of U.S. grand strategy formation, net assessment, and the emerging U.S.-China long-term strategic competition at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute, Georgetown University and Yale University’s superpowers of influence series.

Abroad Mr. Lovinger has lectured before a range of think tanks and universities, as well as national and supranational governmental institutions including the German Council on Foreign Relations, Oxford University’s changing character of war series, the United Services Institute of India, the Permanent Joint Headquarters of the British armed forces, and the European Parliament.

Mr. Lovinger holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.