Luke Knittig is senior director of communications for the McCain Institute, responsible for strategic communications, media, external relations, events, publications, website, marketing and partnership activity. He is also executive producer and host of the Institute’s groundbreaking In The Arena podcast. Prior to joining the Institute, he was vice president of corporate communications for a mid-sized management consulting firm serving more than 40 government agencies.
Knittig previously served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he led high-visibility public relations initiatives, and advised the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, the Honorable Doug Wilson. Also in the Pentagon, he served as special assistant to General Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, and public affairs officer for Army undersecretary, the Honorable Nelson Ford.
In 2006, Knittig was principal military spokesman and press center director during NATO mission expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He also served as UK General Sir David Richards’ press officer.
A combat veteran, his early career positions were with the First Armored Division, where he achieved Distinguished Leader honors, and with the Third Infantry Division, where he earned Top Engineer Company Commander distinction.
An honor graduate of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) Public Affairs Officer Course, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Knittig serves on the Dacor Bacon board of trustees, is a member of the Public Affairs Council, and the National Press Club, where he’s on the Headliners Committee. He and his family reside in Arlington, Virginia.