Matt Armstrong


Mr. Matthew Armstrong is a writer and speaker on public diplomacy and political warfare. His focus is on the organizations, authorities, and concepts that affect intended objectives. He is an adjunct lecturer with the Joint Special Operations University and an Associate Fellow at King’s Centre for Strategic Communication at King’s College London. From August 2013 through December 2016, he served as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, since renamed the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate into this part-time role, he provided strategic guidance and oversight over the U.S. government’s international media and many of its Internet Freedom operations. Since 2012, Mr. Armstrong has served as a Member of the Board of The Public Diplomacy Council, and from 2014 to 2016 as the Board’s Secretary. The PDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the importance of the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. In 2011, Mr. Armstrong served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy where he reoriented the organization to its core purpose of “advocacy and oversight over U.S. government efforts that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.” This Commission is a federal body established in 1948 to advise the President, the Secretary of State, and the Congress. It does not work for the State Department but serves both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government. In March 2017 and October 2015, he testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on the subject of political warfare. In October 2016, he was inducted into the Psychological Operations Regiment at Fort Bragg as an Honorary Member. Mr. Armstrong possesses a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. He studied European security and the Middle East at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He currently resides near Zürich, Switzerland, with his wife, two children, and dog (a rescue from a Romanian shelter).