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Board of Directors

Members of the ASP Board of Directors are available for on-the-record discussions and on-air appearances. To reach our experts, please contact us by phone at (202) 347-4267 or by email at press@americansecurityproject.org.

Former Board Members

The Honorable Gary Hart, Chairman Emeritus
The Honorable Gary Hart, Chairman Emeritus

Since retiring from the United States Senate, Gary Hart has been extensively involved in international law and business, as a strategic advisor to major U.S. corporations, and as a teacher, author and lecturer.

He is currently president of Hart International, Ltd., a business advisory group.  He is chair of the International Security Advisory Board of the US Department of State and is chair of the Threat Reduction Advisory Council a... More

Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)

BGen Stephen Cheney USMC(Ret) is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP) and a member of the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

Norman R. Augustine
Norman R. Augustine

Norman R. Augustine was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

In 1958 he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer. Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as A... More

Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich
Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich

Jeff Bleich currently heads the Global Practice for Munger, Tolles & Olson, specializing in complex international disputes, and serves as an advisor to numerous international corporations and state and federal entities.  He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013, and as Special Counsel to President Obama in the White... More

Ambassador Donald Beyer
Ambassador Donald Beyer

Donald S. Beyer Jr. was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on August 5, 2009. He took up his duties in Bern on August 15, 2009 and left office on 29 April 2013

Ambassador Beyer is a nationally recognized political, business and philanthropic leader. Over the last thirty years, he built a strong reputation in Virginia, where he grew a successful and reputable business, and spent eight years as Li... More

Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Christman is Senior Vice President for International Affairs at the United States Chamber of Commerce. From 1996 to 2001, General Christman was Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has also served as President and Executive Director of the Kimsey Foundation. During his tenure with the U.S. Army he was the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and represented the United St... More

Nelson W. Cunningham, President of ASP
Nelson W. Cunningham, President of ASP

Nelson Cunningham is President of McLarty Associates, the international strategic advisory firm headed by former White House Chief of Staff and Special Envoy for the Americas Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III. Mr. Cunningham was also Special Advisor to President Clinton for Western Hemisphere Affairs and previously served as a counsel at the White House and as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Joseph ... More

Lieutenant General John Castellaw USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John Castellaw USMC (Ret.)

John “Glad” Castellaw is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Farmspace Systems a provider of precision agriculture services and equipment in the Mid-South.

Castellaw graduated from the University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM) in 1972 with a commission in the Marines and a degree in Agriculture.  For 36 years he led Marines a... More

Lee Cullum
Lee Cullum

Lee Cullum, at one time a regular commentator on the PBS NewsHour and “:All Things Considered” on NPR, currently contributes columns to the Dallas Morning News and hosts “CEO”, a series of interviews with business leaders, on the PBS affiliate in North Texas where she also does radio commentary. In addition she is a senior fellow at the ... More

Robert B. Crowe
Robert B. Crowe

Robert B. Crowe is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in its Boston and Washington, DC offices. He is co-chair of the Firm’s Government Relations practice.

Experience

·         Represents clients before federal, state, and local legislative, regulatory, and administrative agencies

·         Works with clients to prepare and implement government relations strategies, introd... More

Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret.)
Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret.)

Admiral William J. Fallon retired from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 40 year career of military and strategic leadership. He has led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fa... More

Raj Fernando
Raj Fernando

Raj Fernando is CEO of Chopper Trading, a Chicago-based trading firm he founded in 2002. Prior to Chopper, Raj held a variety of trading positions at both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, where he worked on the floor from 1996 -2003, and has been a member since 1997.

Raj serves on the board of directors fo... More

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn served in the U.S. Navy for thirty-five years prior to his retirement in 2000. His last active duty assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy where, together with his Marine Deputy, he was responsible for the Department’s overall inspection program and its assessments of readiness, training, and quality of service.

Serving in the Surface Navy in a variety of theaters, Admiral Gunn rose thr... More

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Kennedy was the first woman to achieve the rank of three-star general in the United States Army. She served as the senior intelligence officer for U.S. Forces Command, Deputy Commanding General for the Army Intelligence Center and School and completed her Army career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. She serves on the board of directors of the non-profit Population Action International and the advisory board ... More

General Lester L. Lyles, USAF (Ret.)
General Lester L. Lyles, USAF (Ret.)

General Lyles retired from the United State Air Force after a distinguished 35 year career, most recently as Commander, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Prior to that he served as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff and Chief Technology Officer, and Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization at the Department of Defense. He is a senior executive with over 26 years experience running large, high-techno... More

Dennis Mehiel
Dennis Mehiel

Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation’s largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation.  U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilitie... More

Stuart Piltch
Stuart Piltch

Stuart Piltch is the co-founder and managing director of Cambridge Advisory Group, an actuarial and benefits consulting firm based in Philadelphia. With over 40 Fortune 500 clients including American Express, PepsiCo, US Airways, Motorola, Anheuser-Busch, and several federal and state regulatory agencies including the US Department of Justice, US Department of Labor as well as several state Insurance Departments and Attorney Generals, Cambridge is ... More

Ed Reilly
Ed Reilly

Edward Reilly is global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Strategic Communications practice of FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value.  Throughout his career, Mr. Reilly has provided strategic counsel to clients facing a wide variety of co... More

Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Governor Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. WSG offers a comprehensive set of solutions to problems facing businesses, organizations, and governments; they have been at the forefront of helping leading companies find innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

She is also co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council (RLC), w... More