Cdr. Lukas Filler, Ph.D.
Research Analyst


Lukas Filler is an expert in U.S. Navy, Intelligence, and Special Operations strategy, policy, and operations, Asia-Pacific/China security and strategic issues, and military aviation. His research interests include defense innovation, gray zone, strategic culture, statistical modeling of defense decision-making, civil-military affairs, and comparitive ethics in foreign policy and war.

Prior to joining CNA, Filler completed a Ph.D. in War Studies at King's College London, was twice a Senior Visiting Scholar at Renmin University School of International Relations in Beijing (2011-2012 and 2014-2015), and conducted independent field research in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as the 2009-2010 Harvard University Frederick Sheldon Fellow. He has lectured, presented papers, and served as a panelist in China and Hong Kong as well as at DoD events.

Filler was an active duty naval aviator and deployed several times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas locations. Currently holding the rank of Commander, his past reserve tours have included with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) at the U.S. Naval War College, Naval Special Warfare Command, an active duty mobilization with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and is currently assigned to the OPNAV N3/N5 (Operations, Plans and Strategy) reserve support unit in the Pentagon.

Filler has a Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London, holds an M.A. in Theological Studies (Comparative Ethics, Politics, and Culture) from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.