Amir Asmar

National Intelligence Fellow

About the Expert

Expert Bio

Amir Asmar most recently served as the deputy director of the president’s daily brief staff. Throughout his career, his primary area of focus was the Middle East. He held a wide range of analytic, senior analytic, and leadership positions for the Department of the Army, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Intelligence Council. From 2010 to 2017, Asmar served as the defense intelligence officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a role in which he was responsible for maximizing defense intelligence support to senior customers in the Department of Defense, intelligence community, executive branch departments, and Congress. He developed analytic engagement strategies with foreign partners, promoted integration across intelligence functions, and postured defense intelligence to meet future requirements by developing a MENA Strategic Intelligence Plan. Previously, Asmar served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger. He has also taught a number of Middle East-focused courses at the National Intelligence University. Asmar completed his undergraduate studies in government at Pomona College and earned his graduate degree from the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle East Studies.


U.S. Department of Defense, employee
National Intelligence University, faculty