The Consensus for American Security is an initiative of influential military and national security leaders who have come together to provide mechanisms in order to create long-term consensus around the big strategic national security issues facing our country, including: nuclear weapons, energy & climate security, terrorism, our economic competitiveness, public diplomacy and comprehensive national security strategy.
The Consensus members support key policy measures designed to move defense and foreign policies toward a smart and comprehensive 21st century national security strategy; hosting forums and other public events to educate decision makers about the dangers of failing to address today’s threats; outreach to the media; and, encouraging smart and non-partisan discourse among policy makers.
Morton Abramowitz is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. He is on the boards of the International Rescue Committee, the International Crisis Group, and Human Rights in North Korea, and is on the advisory council of the National Interest quarterly journal and Foreign Policy magazine. Formerly, he was president of the Carne... More
Brigadier General John Adams retired from the US Army in September 2007. Currently an independent defense consultant, he is also studying toward a PhD in Political Science at the University of Arizona, with a research focus on European security institutions. His final military assignment was as Deputy United States Military Representative to the North At... More
Graham Allison is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. As “Founding Dean” of the modern Kennedy School, under his leadership, from 1977 to 1989, a small, undefined program grew twenty-fold to become a major pro... More
Retired Brigadier General Steve Anderson is the Chief Marketing Officer of RELYANT LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business based in Knoxville, Tennessee, that provides key construction, logistics, munitions response, and information services to our troops deployed overseas in the combat zone.
He retired in April ... More
Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Global Communications (2003-2005)
Mary Catherine (M.C.) Andrews, currently a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. M.C. served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Global Communications from 2003 to 2005. Previously, she was Director for Democracy on the White House National Security Counc... More
Scott Bates has served the public in a number of state and federal government positions, including as Secretary of State of Virginia and in senior-level Congressional staff positions. Overseas, Bates has participated extensively in American efforts to encourage democratic development and combat the threat of terrorism.
Since the attacks of Septemb... More
From 1997-2001, Mr. Berger served as National Security Advisor to President Clinton. In that capacity, he drove policy across a range of issues — from the fight against terrorism to dealing with Iraq, from advancing the peace process in the Middle East to buil... More
Dr. Hal Bidlack has pursued a career-long goal of exploring the relationship between national security, environmental and energy policies.
He served as an Associate Professor at the United States Air Force Academy [USAFA] in Colorado Springs, where he taught for more than 17 years. He earned his Doctorate in Political Science at the University of Mic... More
Coit Blacker is director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. From 2004 to 2007, he was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees C... More
Dr. Barry M. Blechman is the co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center and a Stimson Distinguished Fellow focused on nuclear disarmament. He was also the founder and president of DFI International Inc., a research and consulting company in Washington, DC, from 1984 until its sale in 2007.
Dr. Blechman has more than forty years of distinguished ... More
Ambassador Richard Burt is the U.S. Chair of Global Zero. He is an accomplished American diplomat with special expertise in the area of nuclear weapons. Ambassador Burt successfully concluded a nuclear arms treaty as the U.S. Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the Former Soviet Union in 1991. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to t... More
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 M... More
Antonia Chayes is a prominent international legal scholar and practitioner. She raised five children with her husband, Abe Chayes, also a renowned international legal scholar, and has nine grandchildren. She lives in Cambridge, MA.
Toni’s career-long commitment to peace and justice has focused on teaching future leaders international law and politics toward the end of instilling in others both the skills and values to work toward a more st... More
For over a decade, Justin Cooper has worked at the intersection of the highest levels of government, business, and philanthropy. From the White House to former and current Heads of State, to Fortune 50 corporations he has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s most notable individuals and organizations. As a long-standing advisor to Pr... More
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Courtney retired from the US Army in April 2010 and is currently a defense consultant. His final military assignment was as Chief Strategist for Joint Task Force North, where he served as a trainer for the Customs and Border Patrol plans division while also serving as the planning lead for a joint US-Mexico project ... More
Brian is a senior public affairs executive with over 30 years of experience at the highest levels of the U.S. government and private sector with key communication roles in some of the most demanding national security operations and policy decisions. He has extensive strategic planning, and crisis communications experience in the field as well as at the W... More
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 cou... More
Dante Disparte is the U.S. Managing Director for Clements Worldwide, a leading risk management firm and insurance brokerage serving customers in more than 180 countries.
Mr. Disparte is a specialist in risk reduction through the design and delivery of comprehensive risk solutions of worldwide scope. He is credited with designing the world’s firs... More
Sidney D. Drell is a senior fellow at its Hoover Institution and a professor of theoretical physics (emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University. He served as SLAC’s Deputy Director until retiring in 1998. An arms control specialist, he has served as an adviser to the executive and legislative branches of government on ... More
Jackson Dunn is a Senior Managing Director and Head of the Public Affairs practice for the Americas. He provides counsel to international firms in the organization and implementation of event-driven communications strategies centering on crisis management, legislative and regulatory changes and leadership transitions across broad sectors of the economy in... More
Since retirement from the US Army in 2006 after 33 years service, Major General Paul D. Eaton has actively engaged in the recent Presidential campaign and currently serves as Senior Advisor to the National Security Network. His Army assignments include Infantry command from the company to brigade levels and command of the Infantry Center at Fort Benning a... More
Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr. is Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his policy work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues.
During his military career, Gard saw combat in both the Korea and Vietnam wars,... More
Mr. Gordon recently became a partner at K&L Gates in the Washington, D.C. office after 26 years representing the state of Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Gordon served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Gordon was also a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and C... More
Dennis M. Gormley is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Gormley served as a senior vice president for 20 years with Pacific-Sierra Research (PSR), where he headed the firm’s east coast operations and served on its board of directors. Gormley has chaired or served on numerous Department of Defense and intelligence advisory panels—most recently on a panel assisting the D... More
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 through the... More
Major General Marcelite Harris is a woman of “firsts.” She was the first woman aircraft maintenance officer for the United States Air Force; she was the first woman deputy commander for maintenance; she was one of the first two women air officers commanding at the U.S. Air Force Academy. General Harris served her entire 30+ year Air Forc... More
Senator Hart served the State of Colorado in the United States Senate and was a member of the Committee on Armed Services during his tenure. Senator Hart was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1984. He was co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the Twenty First Century, otherwise known as the Hart-Rudman Commission,... More
Mark is currently President of Concordia Power, a small consulting firm focused on strategic services and implementation in energy and the environment with an emphasis on advanced fission and fusion energy development.
Mark formed Concordia Power after serving for over 14 years as a Vice President for General Atomics where his chief responsibilities an... More
General Richard D. Hearney last served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
General Hearney is a native of Petaluma, Calif. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1962 following completion of the Platoon Leaders Class Program. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and an M.S. degree from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., in June... More
Michael Herson is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Defense International, Inc. a Washington, DC consulting firm consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and program management representing about 75 organizations in 10 countries.
In 1990, Herson was appointed as the Special Assistant to... More
His policy research interests include: natural disaster reduction; historical precedents as they illuminate present-day policy; and the nature and implications o... More
Admiral Inman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950, and from the National War College in 1972. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001. He served as Interim Dean of t... More
Lt. General Dirk Jameson served as Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of active service. Gen. Jameson was responsible for directing the headquarters staff of 4,000 men and women and participating in numerous nuclear forums with the leaders of the Russian Federation Strategic Rocket Forces. Prior to his StratCom assignment, Gen. Jameson ... More
Brigadier General Dr. John H. Johns served as a combat arms officer in the Army for over 26 years, retiring as a brigadier general in 1978. During his career, he served in command assignments up to Assistant Commander of the 1st Infantry Division. He also served in a number of staff positions, including 8 years on the Army General Staff, retiring as the ... More
Mr. Juhl recently retired from the Senior Executive Service of the United States completing a career that spanned more than forty-five years of combined military and government civilian service. Mr. Juhl was last posted at US Mission, NATO, Brussels, Belgium where he served from 1996 through 2007 as the Deputy to the Secretary of Defense Representa... More
Dr. David Kay provides consulting services with a concentration on counterterrorism and weapons proliferation. He also serves as an analyst for several major networks and appears frequently as a commentator on proliferation and terrorism issues. He also is a Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies He served a... More
Geoffrey Kemp is the Director of Regional Strategic Programs at the Nixon Center. His current areas of interest focus on U.S. policy in the greater Middle East including the geopolitics of energy in the Caspian Basin and Persian Gulf, the Arab-Israeli peace process, and U.S. relations with Iraq and Iran. He received his Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from Oxford University. He served in the White House du... More
Lieutenant General Don Kerrick served in the United States Army for 30 years and retired as a three-star General. At retirement, he was serving in the White House as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of the United States. He managed the nation’s deputies committee and was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing United... More
Col. Dick Klass is a retired USAF colonel. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy and the National War College and has two graduate degrees from Oxford University where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a White House Fellow in the Nixon Administration and in the Pentagon in the Carter Administration where he dealt with strategic arms control issues. He is a veteran of over 200 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller... More
Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress he was a senior fellow and director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 1998 to October 2002 he was council vice president, director of studies, and holder of the Maurice G... More
Rear Admiral Rosanne “Rose” LeVitre was the first woman intelligence specialist selected for flag rank in the United States Navy. She was commissioned an Ensign in May 1973 on completion of Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS), Newport, R.I. After 31 years of active service, she retired from active duty in February 2005.
Now in the civilian sector, Rose LeVitre works for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and is the Director f... More
Philippe Maze-Sencier, executive director in APCO Worldwide’s Washington, D.C., office, leads APCO’s government relations practice. Mr. Maze-Sencier brings nearly 20 years of experience working with governments and governmental structures in Europe, Africa, India and North America. He was previously based in the firm’s Brussels and Paris offices, working in a pan-regional capacity to service clients and helping manage APCO’s operations ... More
Colonel Steve McCain is the Director of Defense Policy Practice at the law firm K&L Gates. He retired from the Department of Defense (DOD) after twenty-six years of service and now focuses on national security policy and appropriations. He provides analysis and counsel for the defense, energy, and homeland security industries, academia, and other no... More
Christine W. McEntee is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She is the third Executive Director in the organization’s 92-year history.
For more than 25 years, McEntee has made her mark as an association leader and innovator, building a steady record of achievement in leading large organiza... More
General McPeak was born in Santa Rosa, California. After graduating from Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass, Oregon, he entered San Diego State College where he earned a B.A. in economics in 1957. He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at the college, and entered active duty in November of that year. He also holds a master’s ... More
Mark “Puck” Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. During his career as Marine fighter pilot, he served in numerous operational and staff billets and participated in combat operations in support of Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTH... More
Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as... More
William A. “Bill” Owens was an admiral in the United States Navy and later Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Owens was appointed to vice chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military office in the United States, by Bill Clinton in March 1994. Previously, Owens served as Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet fro... More
Tim moved to K&L Gates in 1985 from Capitol Hill, where he had five year’s experience as a professional staff aide to the House Science Committee, former U.S. Congressman Sid M... More
Steven Pifer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe, where he focuses on arms control, Russia and Ukraine. He is also a senior adviser (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He has offered commentary regarding Russia, Ukraine and arms control issues on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, BBC, Natio... More
As Principal in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Platt works on national security and international issues. He focuses on providing strategic advice to companies – both large and small – on high tech matters in the Executive and Legislative branches that affect their interests. Mr. Platt has significant experience representing major corporations in Congressional investigations.
Mr. Platt previously has b... More
In January 2002, Edward A. Powell became the President and CEO of the USO World Headquarters, the only global civilian organization supporting the U.S. military. President Franklin Roosevelt founded the USO in 1941. Today the USO operates more than 130 centers around the world. U.S. and overseas USO facilities from San Diego to Bagram, Afghanistan are visited more than 5 million times each year by Service members and their families.
Christopher A. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of three books including The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009), which documents the enormous... More
Peter Rashish has over 25 years of engagement as a transatlantic policy entrepreneur – as a senior executive of the world’s largest business federation, a strategic advisor to major international companies, and as a consultant to international organizations, think tanks and foundations.
Currently Senior Advisor for Europe and Transatlantic Trade at Transnational Strategy Group LLC, Mr. Rashish earlier served as Vice President for Europe ... More
Guy Roberts has over thirty years of experience in public policy, foreign affairs, international organizations, bi-lateral and multilateral negotiations on strategic issues, and international legal matters.
Until August 2011 he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy and Director, Nuclear Policy Planning D... More
Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, co-director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute. He also serves as the co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Science’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative. Before joining th... More
General Seip was the Commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. As the Commander, Air Forces Southern, a component to the Combatant Commander, U.S. Southern Command, he oversaw Air Force assets, five forward-operating locations, and civil and military engagements in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. General Seip was a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours, primarily in ... More
A native of New York, Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942. After serving in the Marine Corps (1942-45), he earned a Ph.D. in industrial economics at MIT. Mr. Shultz taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962. He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972. From 1974 to 198... More
Former Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Douglas Smith, is currently Executive Vice President and General Manager for MWW, a leading international independent public affairs firm. Douglas serves on the national management team and leads the Washington, DC office for MWW. In his role he leads the federal... More
Tara D. Sonenshine is the former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the Department of State and previously served as the Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She is an adjunct faculty member and former Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.
Strobe Talbott assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in July 2002 after a career in journalism, government and academe. His immediate previous post was founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Before that, he served in the State Department from 1993 to 2001, first as Ambassador-at-large and special adviser to ... More
General Thompson was assigned to the Pentagon as Deputy Director for Plans, Policy and NSC Affairs in the Secretary of Defense’s Office. As a Major General he served as Chief of the Military Mission to Turkey. General Thompson also served as Chief of Staff, Allied Forces, Southern Europe.... More
Dr. Titley is a nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security. He served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. While serving in the Pent... More
Ali Tulbah is Managing Director at McLarty Associates. an international strategic advisory firm that counsels corporations and financial institutions in the U.S. and abroad on strategic planning, government issues, market access, mergers and acquisitions and political and economic risk issues.
Previously, Mr. Tulbah served in the White House as Associate Director for Cabinet Affairs under President George W. Bush, coordinating the act... More
Caren Z. Turner is the CEO of Turner Government & Public Affairs where she plays an active role in every client’s government and public affairs strategy. Campaigns led by Turner GPA are noted for their high energy, intense focus and no nonsense approach.
She has been referred to as “a woman on a mission” (CBS TV), cr... More
From 1993 through 2011, Mr Waller served as Deputy Director General and head of management of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Throughout that time he was the highest ranking American in the UN agencies based in Vienna, Austria —one of the UN headquarters cities.
Frequently cited as the example of a purposeful, effi... More
Jasper Welch has 50 years experience in planning, executing and evaluating advanced concepts in the aerospace industry.
He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958. He has published a number of landmark professional journal articles and the graduate text, “The Atomic Theory of Gas Dynamics” (1966). He has been elected by his peers to be a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (1976) and... More