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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
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 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 States as... 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 W. Cunningham is Vice Chair and Co-Founder of McLarty Associates. Mr. Cunningham helped co-found McLarty Associates in 1998 and served as its first president until 2022, when he transitioned into the role of Vice Chair. 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. As Vice Chair, Mr. Cunningham continues to pro... 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
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
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
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 high... 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