Gerald Meyerle, Ph.D.
Principal Research Scientist


Jerry Meyerle is a principal research scientist at CNA. He is an expert on military strategy, defense policy, irregular warfare, and the Middle East and South Asia. He served four years as an advisor to U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for all U.S. military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia. While there, he worked on various theater strategic issues on counterterrorism, Iran, and great power competition. He also served multiple tours in Afghanistan, working with conventional and special operations forces in Helmand and along the border with Pakistan. He later served on U.S. Navy carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf at the peak of strikes against ISIS in Syria. He participated in the first comprehensive review of Afghanistan and Pakistan policy before the surge of U.S. forces in 2009, which led to significant changes to U.S. policy on Pakistan. He was later co-author of a congressionally mandated assessment on Afghanistan and Pakistan that drove critical White House decisions. He is the author of two books on irregular warfare and studies on topics ranging from counterterrorism to strategic deterrence. He speaks Urdu and has a Ph.D. in international relations and Asian studies from the University of Virginia.


November 10, 2019

Jerry Meyerle writes, "The abrupt withdrawal from Syria and cynical disregard for the Kurds' contribution to the ISIS fight will undermine that trust and put U.S. forces and their missions at risk."

Defense One: "Betraying the Kurds Makes Things Harder for U.S. Operators Everywhere"