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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
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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 at the Depar... More
Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Chairperson
Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Chairperson

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. Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrat... More
Lieutenant General Norman Seip, USAF (Ret.), President
Lieutenant General Norman Seip, USAF (Ret.), President

Lieutenant General Norman R. Seip, USAF (Ret.) is President of the American Security Project. Lt Gen Seip retired from the United States Air Force in 2009 after serving for 35 years. During his time in the Air Force, Seip was a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours, primarily in fighter aircraft and has flown in support of numerous military operations and contingencies around the world. Seip also managed both Air Force assets and pers... More
Matthew Bergman
Matthew Bergman

Matthew Bergman is an attorney, philanthropist and entrepreneur based in Seattle. After attaining a degree in Sociology from Reed College in 1989, he graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark law school in 1989.  Bergman then served as law clerk to Judge Baldock of the United States Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit.  His legal career began at an international corporate law firm Seattle, Washington where his practice focused on environmen... 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 House during the first year of the Administration.  For his federal service, Ambassador Bleich has received ... More
Alejandro Brito
Alejandro Brito

Alejandro Brito is President of Brito Development Group (BDG), LLP. In the last twenty years, Mr. Brito has overseen the design, construction, development and management of over 1,500 luxury housing units in Puerto Rico. Currently, BDG is developing three master planned communities in the city of Guaynabo, encompassing 1,000 residential units, 750,000 ft2 of retail, office and entertainment. Mr. Brito recently finished a two year term as President... More
Congressman Donald Beyer
Congressman Donald Beyer

Congressman Don Beyer is the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He serves on the Joint Economic Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, is Ranking Member on the Oversight Subcommittee to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and a member of the New Democrat Coalition. Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Donald S... More
Lieutenant General John Castellaw USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John Castellaw USMC (Ret.)

John “Glad” Castellaw is co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Farmspace Systems LLC., a provider of precision agricultural aerial (drone) services and equipment. For 36 years he led Marines around the world while flying more than two dozen different aircraft. Castellaw participated in humanitarian operations in Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Philippines; served with the United Nations (UN) during the Siege of Sarajevo; com... 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 John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and serves on the board of Freedom House and the Ameri... More
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC, (Ret.)

BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret) is the President Emeritus of the American Security Project. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine.  His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment.  Gen. Cheney's primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine ... More
Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Daniel Christman, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Daniel Christman retired after a distinguished 36 year Army career, culminating in a final assignment as Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point. Christman later served as Senior Vice President for International Affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce. 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 Joi... More
Robert B. Crowe
Robert B. Crowe

Having been an attorney for 45 years, Robert Crowe has an extensive background in the legal and government relations industry. He has solidified long-standing relationships in Washington, DC representing sovereign nations and other clients before federal, state and local legislative, regulatory, and administrative agencies. Crowe works with clients to prepare and implement government relations strategies, introductions to public officials and poli... More
Nelson W. Cunningham
Nelson W. Cunningham

Nelson Cunningham co-founded McLarty Associates in 1998 and led the firm for almost 25 years.  Under Mr. Cunningham’s leadership, McLarty Associates developed into a firm with global reach and over one hundred employees and advisors in 21 countries around the world.  Mr. Cunningham managed the successful merger of McLarty with Ankura Consulting in 2022, and stepped away from his responsibilities at the firm in August 2023. Prior to co-foundin... 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 Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa, focusing o... More
Raj Fernando
Raj Fernando

Raj Fernando is the founder and CEO of Workstorm.com and the former founder and CEO of Chopper Trading. An expert in international financial markets and technological innovation, Fernando is actively involved in foreign policy organizations. He currently serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and formerly was on the Board of Directors for the American Security Project. ... More
Scott D. Gilbert
Scott D. Gilbert

Scott D. Gilbert is the founder and Managing Director of Reneo Consulting LLC, a subsidiary of his law firm, Gilbert LLP. Scott brings to both Reneo and Gilbert more than 35 years of high-profile experience using innovative strategies to help clients solve potentially catastrophic problems. In his legal practice at Gilbert, Scott is at the forefront of cutting edge initiatives, settlement and litigation involving insurance, products liability, comm... 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 through the cr... More
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
The Honorable Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense. Some of Hagel’s current commitments include service on the Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Board of Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to GALLUP and to the McCarthy Group; Centennial Scholar, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service; Distinguished ... 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 of Oppo... 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-technology or... More
Hani Masri
Hani Masri

Mr. Hani Masri is Chairman of Capital Investment Management Inc. based in McLean, Virginia and specializing in fund and investment real estate management in the U.S. He also serves as President of M2 Investors Inc. also based in McLean, specializing in private equity fund investments and international consulting throughout the Middle East and Europe, and is President of Capital Corporation specializing in management consulting. A long time advocate... 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 facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest. New York G... More
Stuart Piltch
Stuart Piltch

Stuart Piltch is the Managing Director of Risk Strategies Consulting in Philadelphia. Stuart Piltch's multifaceted career has spanned across intelligence, healthcare, and technology sectors. Graduating with high honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1982, he then ventured into national security, working closely with leading intelligence figures, and made significant strides in the healthcare and insurance industry, impacting companies li... More
Katherine Leigh Garland Reid
Katherine Leigh Garland Reid

Katherine "Leigh" Garland Reid brings over two decades of working at the highest levels of government in Washington, DC, to her current non-partisan work at the intersection of government and the private sector. As a senior presidential appointee at the Department of State and a long-time finance director, Leigh developed vast knowledge and networks within multiple branches of the US government and deep experience in international relations. In rec... More
Ed Reilly
Ed Reilly

Edward Reilly is a Senior Advisor to Dentons, the world's largest law firm. Edward Reilly was previously 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 complex issu... More
David Wade
David Wade

David Wade spent two decades at the highest levels of the State Department, on Capitol Hill, and as an adviser to two national presidential campaigns. Wade was the Chief of Staff to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and the Department of State for more than two years. Foreign Policy Magazine noted that at the State Department, Wade was “the driving force behind the Department’s day to day operations.”  Wade was awarded the Department’s highes... More
Matthew Wallin
Matthew Wallin

Chief Operating Officer Expertise:  Public diplomacy, military history, national security policy, nuclear security, U.S.-Russia relations, asymmetric operations Matthew Wallin is ASP's Chief Operating Officer, a member of its board of directors, and has led ASP's research on public diplomacy and strategic communications since 2011. As an expert in national security strategy and international relations, Matthew's work at ASP has also focused on ... More
Dante Disparte
Dante Disparte

Ex-Officio Chairman of the Business Council for American Security Dante Disparte is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy for Circle, a leading digital financial services firm building the most trusted treasury and payments infrastructure for the internet, including the fastest-growing dollar digital currency, USDC. Prior to joining Circle, Dante served as a founding executive of the Diem Association, leading public policy, comm... More
Norman R. Augustine
Norman R. Augustine

Director Emeritus 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 De... More
General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.)
General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.)

Anthony C. "Tony" Zinni joined the Marine Corps in 1961 and was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in 1965 upon his graduation from Villanova University.  His distinguished 39-year military career has taken him to more than 70 countries and included numerous command assignments at the platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine expeditionary unit, and Marine expeditionary force command levels.  General Zinni's joint assignments included ... More
Susan E. Rice
Susan E. Rice

Susan Rice was a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings from 2002 to 2009. In January 2009, the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination by U.S. President Barack Obama as permanent representative to the United Nations. Before her time at Brookings, Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term.... More
The Honorable George Mitchell
The Honorable George Mitchell

George J. Mitchell served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009 to May 2011. Prior to that, he had a distinguished career in public service. He was appointed to the United States Senate in 1980, and was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982. Mitchell went on to an illustrious career in the Senate spanning 15 years. He left the Senate in 1995 as the Senate majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989. Mitc... More
Lael Brainard
Lael Brainard

Lael Brainard was a Brookings senior fellow from 2001 to 2009, and served as the vice president and director of the Global Economy and Development program from June 2006 to March 16, 2009. Brainard left Brookings for the U.S. Treasury Department, to serve as under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs. Brainard also served as Deputy National Economic Adviser and Chair of the Deputy Secretaries Committee on International Economics dur... More
The Honorable Warren B. Rudman  (1930 -2012)
The Honorable Warren B. Rudman (1930 -2012)

Senator Rudman represented the state of New Hampshire for two terms in the United States Senate. In December 1986, Senator Rudman was appointed vice-chairman of the Senate Select Committee investigating arms transfers to Iran, where he was instrumental in organizing and directing the investigation of the Iran-Contra affair. Senator Rudman co-chaired, along with Senator Gary Hart, the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century which i... More
Kenneth M. Duberstein
Kenneth M. Duberstein

Kenneth M. Duberstein is chairman and CEO of The Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company. During President Ronald Reagan’s two terms in office, he served as White House Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Assistant and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In 1989 President Reagan awarded him the President’s Citizens Medal. Prior to joining the administration, he was Vice President... More