Cully Stimson is a Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the National Security Law Program at The Heritage Foundation. His scholarship focuses on national security, homeland security, crime control, immigration and drug policy. He writes and lectures on legal and policy issues related to criminal law, the law of armed conflict, war powers and the Geneva Conventions, the death penalty, immigration and the war on drugs.
Stimson’s many research papers, op-eds and articles include special reports on the Fourth Amendment and consumer genetics, immigration policy during the Trump administration, a paper on the constitutionality of life sentences for teen-age murderers, sexual assault in the military, to name a few. His work on criminal and immigration law has been cited in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, as recently as this term in Jones v. Mississippi.
He testifies before the U.S. Senate and House on national security issues, and recently testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Law of Armed Conflict, Law of War, and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.
Before joining Heritage, Stimson served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, where he coordinated the Pentagon’s global detention policy and operations, including at Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq and Afghanistan.
An accomplished trial lawyer, Stimson worked as a prosecutor at the local, state and federal levels, where he concentrated on violent crimes such as homicide, sexual assault and domestic violence. A third generation naval officer, Cully continues to serve as a Navy JAG, and is a Captain. He has served as a military prosecutor, defense counsel, and trial judge. A two-time commanding officer, Cully is currently the Commanding Officer of the Preliminary Hearing Unit.
Stimson’s thousands of media interviews and appearances include Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR and C-SPAN. He has been quoted by most major newspapers, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and London Times.
He is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason School of Law, and a former high school teacher. A college soccer player, Cully serves as the Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the charitable giving arm of U.S. Soccer.