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The Consensus for American Security

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.

BG John Adams, USA (Ret.)
BG John Adams, USA (Ret.)

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 Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, the highest military aut... More
Graham Allison, Ph.D.
Graham Allison, Ph.D.

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 professional school of public policy and government. Dr. Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Sec... More
BG Steven M. Anderson, USA (Ret)
BG Steven M. Anderson, USA (Ret)

Brigadier General Steve Anderson, USA, (Ret.), currently works at All Native Group, The Federal Services Division of Ho Chunk Inc. as Executive Director Business, Defense Solutions and Services. Anderson is also a member of the board of directors of Vote Vets. He retired in April 2010 after a 31-year career in the US Army that included logistics command and staff assignments in Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Germany, Hawaii and four tours in the P... More
Mary Catherine Andrews
Mary Catherine Andrews

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 Council staff and on t... More
RDML James Barnett, USN (Ret)
RDML James Barnett, USN (Ret)

Rear Admiral James Barnett, USN (Ret) has had a distinguished career in the public and private sector. A surface warfare officer, he has over 30 years of experience in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and serving as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Among other personal awards, he has received four Legion of Merit medals. In addit... More
Scott Bates
Scott Bates

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 September 11th, Scott Bates has been focused on developing new approaches to protecting the United States from te... More
Col David Belote, USAF (Ret.)
Col David Belote, USAF (Ret.)

Colonel David Belote, USAF (Ret.), is the Managing Partner and CEO of DARE Strategies LLC, helping clients successfully navigate issues at the nexus of renewable energy and national defense. In 2010, Dave founded the Pentagon’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse and created the process that allows local officials, industry, and military leaders to assess mission compatibility of a wide range of energy and transmission... More
Lt Col Hal Bidlack, Ph.D., USAF (Ret)
Lt Col Hal Bidlack, Ph.D., USAF (Ret)

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 Michigan in 1996 with a focus on American National Government and Environmental Security Issues. His disse... More
Coit Blacker, Ph.D.
Coit Blacker, Ph.D.

Coit Blacker is a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Olivier Nomellini Professor Emeritus in International Studies at the School of Humanities and Sciences, and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He served as director of FSI from 2003 to 2012. From 2005 to 2011, he was co-chair of the International Initiative of the Stanford Challenge, and from 2004 to 2007, served as a member of th... More
Barry Blechman, Ph.D.
Barry Blechman, Ph.D.

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 service in the national security field. An expert on political/military policies, military strategy, and defe... More
Alexander R. M. Boyle
Alexander R. M. Boyle

Alexander R. M. Boyle retired in 2009 as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chevy Chase Bank, a position he held for over 25 years. Prior to beginning service in this position, Mr. Boyle was the President and a member of the Board of Directors of Government Services Savings and Loan, Inc. from 1975 until its merger with Chevy Chase Bank in 1985. He is also a Trustee of the B. F. Saul Employees Profit Sharing Retirement Trust. Mr. Boyle has... More
VADM William R. Burke, USN (Ret)
VADM William R. Burke, USN (Ret)

Vice Admiral William R. Burke, USN (Ret) joined Carnival Corporation & plc in December of 2013 as Chief Maritime Officer where he is responsible for leading the company’s commitment to health, environment, safety, security, and sustainability. A native of Hornell, N.Y., Burke graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration at Marymount University.... More
Ambassador Richard Burt
Ambassador Richard Burt

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 the Federal Republic of Germany. From 1977 to 1980, Ambassador Burt worked in Washington as a nati... More
CAPT Clinton A. Carroll, USN (Ret.)
CAPT Clinton A. Carroll, USN (Ret.)

Clint Carroll is the son of the late BMCM(SW) Alvin C. Carroll and the late Mrs. Lourdine M. Carroll. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, he graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School and reported to the United States Naval Academy in 1985. He graduated from USNA in May 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in political science. During the summer of 1989, he was a Marshall Cox Fund Scholar at the Université de François Rabelais in Tours, France. He serv... More
LtGen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret)
LtGen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret)

John “Glad” Castellaw is co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Farmspace Systems LLC., a provider of aerial data collection, management, and equipment. During a 36-year career, he led Marines around the world ashore and afloat, flew over two dozen different aircraft, served on the UN staff during the Siege of Sarajevo, planned and executed humanitarian operations in Asia, Africa, and Europe, commanded the American forces instability and... More
Hon. Dr. Antonia Chayes
Hon. Dr. Antonia Chayes

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 stable and h... More
BGen Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret)
BGen 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 M... More
Guillermo Christensen
Guillermo Christensen

Guillermo Christensen is the Office Managing Partner of Ice Miller’s Washington DC Office. Guillermo combines his experience as a former CIA intelligence officer, a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State and an attorney to shape and inform the advice he provides to clients on enterprise risks involving cybersecurity, national security and complex international business matters. As a partner in Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy and White C... More
LTC Chris Kremidas-Courtney, USA (Ret)
LTC Chris Kremidas-Courtney, USA (Ret)

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kremidas-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 to reduce violence in Ciudad Juarez. Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Lieutenant Colonel Kremidas-C... More
Brian P. Cullin
Brian P. Cullin

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 White House level — spanning three decades. He has served as a key communications advisor to t... 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 provide co... More
Maj Gen Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret)
Maj Gen Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret)

Major General Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret), is a national security professional who consults, lectures, and writes on a variety of security and military topics and actively serves as a U.S. Air Force Adjunct Contract Professor. General Devereaux earned a B.S. in International Affairs from the US Air Force Academy, and holds M.S. degrees in Systems Management (AF Institute of Technology), Airpower Art and Science (Air University), and National Security S... More
Dante Disparte
Dante Disparte

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, communications, membership, and social impact. Dante comes to Circle with tw... More
Ambassador Kathleen Doherty
Ambassador Kathleen Doherty

Ambassador Kathleen Doherty has had a distinguished diplomatic and international career. She is the Chief Strategy Officer of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which convenes global leaders for meetings and retreats to address urgent diplomatic and societal issues. Prior to her work at Sunnylands, she was a career diplomat, serving as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and in leadershi... More
Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret)
Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret)

Charles J. Dunlap Jr., the former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force, joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010 where he is a professor of the practice of law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, airpower, military justice, and ethical issues related to the practice of nati... More
Jackson Dunn
Jackson Dunn

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 including energy, healthcare and financial services. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Dunn spe... More
MG Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret)
MG Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret)

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 and Chief of Infantry. His most recent operational assignment was Commanding General of the command... More
MG William L. Enyart, USA (Ret.)
MG William L. Enyart, USA (Ret.)

Major General William L. Enyart, USA (Ret) served as Southern Illinois’ United States Congressman in the 113th Congress where he served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. He retired from Congress in January 2015.  He frequently speaks on leadership, veterans’ issues and defense policy.  His podcast is available at billenyart.com and all major podcast providers. General Enyart’s nearly 36-year military ca... More
BG Robert Felderman, USA (Ret)
BG Robert Felderman, USA (Ret)

Brigadier General Robert John Felderman, USA (Ret) retired in 2010 after a 35+ year career for the U.S. Army. His final assignment was as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans (J5) of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command from 2005-2010. General Felderman’s military assignments included commanding at brigade, battalion, and company level; special staff officer at all levels (expertise in homeland secu... More
VADM Michael T. Franken, USN (Ret)
VADM Michael T. Franken, USN (Ret)

Michael T. Franken is a retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 2017 after a career that included serving as deputy head of U.S. Africa Command, in the strategy and plans office of U.S. Central Command’s, as chief of legislative affairs in the Department of the Navy, and various posts with the Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense. ... More
RDML Tim Gallaudet, PhD, USN (Ret)
RDML Tim Gallaudet, PhD, USN (Ret)

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) is the CEO of Ocean STL Consulting and host of The American Blue Economy Podcast. He serves on the Board of Directors for Force Blue, is a strategic advisor for Consensys, Lynker Technologies, tomorrow.io, iXblue, Sofar Ocean, Dive Technologies, precursor SPC, Leidos, the Virgil Group, and Xona Space Systems, and contributes as a research affiliate with Harvard University’s Galileo Project. Gallaudet is... More
LTG Robert G. Gard, Jr., USA (Ret)
LTG Robert G. Gard, Jr., USA (Ret)

Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard Jr., USA (Ret) 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, and served a three year tour in Germany. He also served as Executive Assistant to two se... More
Timothy H. Gentry
Timothy H. Gentry

Tim Gentry has relocated back to the United States to lead the Business Transformation and Acceleration at Avaya. He is accountable to provide go-to-market strategy and cultural transformation for Avaya. He co-chairs a targeted sale acceleration executive team that is focused on Avaya’s IPO packaging and quarterly revenue commitments. Tim Gentry serves on the board for Interactive Government Holdings (IGH). IGH is a Service Disabled Veteran owned co... More
Glenn Gerstell
Glenn Gerstell

Glenn S. Gerstell is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, having previously served as the General Counsel of the National Security Agency from 2015 to 2020. He has written and spoken widely about the intersections of technology and national security. Prior to joining the NSA, Mr. Gerstell practiced law for almost 40 years at the international law firm of Milbank, LLP, where he focused on the global telecommunicatio... More
Hon. Bart Gordon
Hon. Bart Gordon

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 Commerce, and served on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Rules, ... More
CAPT Jim Goudreau, USN (Ret)
CAPT Jim Goudreau, USN (Ret)

Captain Jim Goudreau, USN (Ret) culminated his career in the Pentagon working on energy and climate resilience issues. While attached to the Secretary of the Navy’s staff and the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff, including serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, he focused on a holistic application of technology, partnerships and behavior change to improve capabilities and reduce vulnerabilities globally ac... More
Alexander B. Gray
Alexander B. Gray

Alexander Gray joined AFPC as a Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs in February 2021. His work focuses on U.S. security and defense strategy in the Indo-Pacific; U.S.-China competition globally, particularly in the Pacific Islands and the Polar Regions; U.S. defense strategy and modernization for an era of Great Power competition; and the intersection of U.S. national and economic security. Mr. Gray most recently served as Deputy Assistant to t... More
VADM Kevin Green, USN (Ret)
VADM Kevin Green, USN (Ret)

Vice Admiral Kevin Green, USN (Ret) served more than thirty years as a naval officer, completing his Navy career as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Policy at the grade of vice admiral. As DCNO, he coordinated global naval operations, strategic planning, information operations and policy development; and managed service relationships with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the National Security Council... More
VADM Lee Gunn, USN (Ret)
VADM 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 cruiser/d... More
Hon. Gary Hart
Hon. Gary Hart

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, an effort which warned of the danger of attacks on the U.S. homeland. He also co-chaired the Cou... More
Mark Haynes
Mark Haynes

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 and accomplishments were in the areas of advanced fission, fusion and the nuclear fuel cycle.  He also... More
Gen Richard D. Hearney, USMC (Ret)
Gen Richard D. Hearney, USMC (Ret)

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 1980. Gen... More
Michael Herson
Michael Herson

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 the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel.  After leaving the Department of Defense in ... More
Hon. Alice C. Hill
Hon. Alice C. Hill

Retired Judge Alice C. Hill is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where her work focuses on preparing for the destabilizing impacts of climate change. Prior to joining Hoover, she served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy for the National Security Council.  While at the White House, Judge Hill led the development of national policy regarding natio... More
William H. Hooke, Ph.D.
William H. Hooke, Ph.D.

William H. Hooke is currently Associate Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society and Senior Policy Fellow. He directed the AMS Policy Program from July, 2001-April 2013. His policy research interests include: natural disaster reduction; historical precedents as they illuminate present-day policy; and the nature and implications of changing national requirements for weather and climate science and services. He continues to direct the A... More
ADM Bobby Ray Inman, USN (Ret)
ADM Bobby Ray Inman, USN (Ret)

Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, USN (Ret) 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 the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1 January to 31 December 2005 and again from Ja... More
BG John H. Johns, USA (Ret)
BG John H. Johns, USA (Ret)

Brigadier General John H. Johns, USA (Ret) 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 Director of Human Resources Development. He taught leadership and ethics at the U.S. Militar... More
Clarence Juhl
Clarence Juhl

Clarence 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. 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 Representative Europe and the Deputy Defense Advisor, US Mission, NATO.   Prior to his assignment to Brussels, J... More
Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich
Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich

Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich is Co-Director of the Center for Energy Science and Policy in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University.  He also is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason teaching courses in energy security and policy communication, and Adjunct Lecturer at Georgetown University teaching a course in policy writing skills. From June 2001 to December 2013 he was Deputy Director of the Center for ... More
David Kay, Ph.D.
David Kay, Ph.D.

President Bush directed in June 2003 that the hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction be transferred from the Defense Department to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency appointed Dr. David Kay to lead that search and direct the activities of the 1,400 hundred member Iraq Survey Group. In January 2004, having concluded that there had been no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq at the time... More
Maj Gen Randy
Maj Gen Randy "Church" Kee, USAF (Ret.)

Maj Gen Randy “Church” Kee, United States Air Force (Ret.), serves as the Senior Advisor, Arctic Security Affairs, to assist with establishing the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, the Department of Defense’s sixth and newest regional center and is being established in Anchorage Alaska. Kee is responsible for supporting the establishment and early operations of the new DoD institution, with the mission to engage in regional... More
Geoffrey Kemp, Ph.D.
Geoffrey Kemp, Ph.D.

Dr. Geoffrey Kemp is Director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest and co-chairs the Iran Futures Project with Dr. Janne Nolan. He was previously Director of the Middle East Arms Control Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and also served in the White House during the first Reagan administration. He has studied and worked in international relations for 50 years, with a particular interest in U.S... More
Hon. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
Hon. Joseph P. Kennedy, III

Joseph Kennedy III has dedicated his career to social and economic justice, fighting for the basic needs of every American family and a political system that is inclusive, representative, and fair. The U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district from 2013-2021, he ran for office to tackle the systemic inequities – from health care and housing to climate and education – that have left countless American families locked out ... More
LTG Donald Kerrick, USA (Ret)
LTG Donald Kerrick, USA (Ret)

Lieutenant General Donald 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 States foreign and national security policies. For five years after leaving the military, Kerri... More
Col Richard L. Klass, USAF (Ret)
Col Richard L. Klass, USAF (Ret)

Richard L. 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 i... More
Lawrence J. Korb, Ph.D.
Lawrence J. Korb, Ph.D.

Lawrence J. Korb is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining 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 Greenberg Chair. Prior to joining the council, Dr. Korb served as director of the Center fo... More
RADM Rosanne M. LeVitre, USN (Ret)
RADM Rosanne M. LeVitre, USN (Ret)

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 for Strateg... More
Hon. Mary Beth Long
Hon. Mary Beth Long

The Honorable Mary Beth Long is founder of M B Long & Associates, PLLC, an international legal and advisory firm. From 2007-2009, Ms. Long served as the first woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO’s High Level Group (HLG), responsible for NATO’s nuclear policy. In her defense department roles, she also acted as Pri... More
LTG Douglas Lute, USA (Ret)
LTG Douglas Lute, USA (Ret)

Ambassador Douglas Lute is the former United States Ambassador to NATO. Appointed by President Obama, he assumed the Brussels-based post in 2013 and served until 2017. During this period, he was instrumental in designing and implementing the 28-nation Alliance responses to the most severe security challenges in Europe since the end of the Cold War. A career Army officer, in 2010 Lute retired from active duty as a lieutenant general after 35 years of s... More
Philippe Maze-Sencier
Philippe Maze-Sencier

Philippe Maze-Sencier serves as Global Chair, Public Affairs at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the world’s leading public relations firms. Maze-Sencier joins H+K from McLarty Associates, a leading global strategic business advisory firm where he served in leadership positions in the firm’s Brussels and DC offices. He has worked for more than 25 years on policy issues and with governments in Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East and North Ameri... More
Col Steve McCain, USAF (Ret)
Col Steve McCain, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Steve McCain, USAF (Ret) 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 nonprofit organizations regarding federal business development, budget and acquisition, as... More
Christine W. McEntee
Christine W. McEntee

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 organizations through changes in governance, membership, and the fluid public policies that confront them. Her leaders... More
VADM Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.)
VADM Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment from September 2013 until January 2017.  In this role, he led the transformation of naval installations toward greater mission resiliency though energy efficiency, renewable energy, microgrids, and other technologies. Previously, Admiral McGinn served on active duty in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vi... More
BG David L. McGinnis, USA (Ret)
BG David L. McGinnis, USA (Ret)

Brigadier General David L. McGinnis, USA (Ret), is a retired veteran combat infantryman, with distinguished careers in and out of uniform defending the United States. BG McGinnis remains engaged as a thought leader on National Strategy, Defense and Mental Health Policy. He chairs a national level working group focused on the Behavioral Health of our military, veterans and their families and is an active member in Mission Readiness, an organization of ... More
Ambassador David McKean
Ambassador David McKean

David McKean served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg from 2016-17. He previously held the position of director of policy planning at the Department of State from 2013 until 2016, and is a recipient of the distinguished honor and superior honor awards. Before joining the Department of State, McKean was a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2011-12). He previously worked as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Fou... More
Gen Merrill McPeak, USAF (Ret)
Gen Merrill McPeak, USAF (Ret)

General Merrill McPeak, USAF (Ret) 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 degree in international relations from George Washington University. McPeak is a f... More
Col Mark Mykleby, USMC (Ret)
Col Mark Mykleby, USMC (Ret)

Colonel Mark Mykleby, USMC (Ret) 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, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom.  From July 2007 to July 2009, he developed strategy for US Specia... More
Julia Nesheiwat, PhD.
Julia Nesheiwat, PhD.

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat is a recognized expert for energy, environment, climate change, and national security issues as a public servant, academic, former military officer, and US diplomat. She is a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and since December 2020, has served as Commissioner on the US Arctic Research Commission reporting to the White House and Congress on domestic and international Arctic issues. Dr. Nesheiwat brings unique experience... More
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann

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 Embassy Baghdad’s principal interlocutor with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply... More
Hon. Glenn Nye
Hon. Glenn Nye

Glenn Nye is the President & CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC), a nonpartisan think tank aiming to educate future public policy leaders while serving as an honest broker between the White House, Congress and the Private Sector. He leads discussions on key national security issues and reforming our political system to be more civil and responsive to the American people. Nye is a former Member of Congress who br... More
BGen James Scott O'Meara, USMC (Ret.)
BGen James Scott O'Meara, USMC (Ret.)

Enlisting in 1979, and later commissioned in 1986, J. Scott O’Meara served over 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps retiring at the rank of Brigadier General in 2018. At senior levels within the Department of Defense he has twice serviced within the Pentagon as a General Officer along with multiple joint, combined, and Service component assignments. As a General Officer, his assignments included Deputy Commander Marine Corps Forces Europe and Afri... More
ADM William A. Owens, USN (Ret)
ADM William A. Owens, USN (Ret)

William A. Owens served as 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 from 1990 to 1992, which includes Operation Desert Storm. He retired in 1996. He also served as the deputy... More
Tim Peckinpaugh
Tim Peckinpaugh

Tim Peckinpaugh is a partner at the law firm K&L Gates. His practice focuses on energy, environmental and natural resource legislative and funding issues. 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 Morrison (R-WA), and the Republican Study Committee.  While on the Hill, he focused on energy, natural resourc... More
Ambassador Steven Pifer
Ambassador Steven Pifer

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, National Public Radio and VOA, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Heral... More
Alan Platt, Ph.D.
Alan Platt, Ph.D.

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 been Chief ... More
Hon. Edward A. Powell
Hon. Edward A. Powell

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. Under Ned Powe... More
Christopher Preble, Ph.D.
Christopher Preble, Ph.D.

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 costs of America’s military power, and proposes a new grand strategy to advance U.S. security; and John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap (N... More
Peter Rashish
Peter Rashish

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 Trade and Transatlantic Relations at Transnational Strategy Group LLC, Mr. Rashish earlier served as Vice President for Europe and Eu... More
Scott Sagan, Ph.D.
Scott Sagan, Ph.D.

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 the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and served as a... More
Lt Gen Norman Seip, USAF (Ret)
Lt Gen Norman Seip, USAF (Ret)

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 personnel ... More
Hon. Manisha Singh
Hon. Manisha Singh

Manisha has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in business, finance and trade. She currently provides strategic advisory services for companies. She sits on the board of advisors for the American Foreign Policy Council. She is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University. She is a former Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. State Department. She also served as Actin... More
Douglas A. Smith
Douglas A. Smith

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 government affairs and national security practices.  Smith brings to MWW over two decades of international experi... More
RDML Michael E. Smith, USN (Ret)
RDML Michael E. Smith, USN (Ret)

Rear Admiral Michael E. Smith has over twenty years of senior military and commercial executive experience building successful teams, managing transformational change and leading a range of highly technical and diverse organizations. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a Bachelor’s in Ocean Engineering and graduate level education in nuclear engineering, Smith spent over 30 years in the U.S. Navy. His last duty assignment was as President, Board of I... More
Hon. Tara D. Sonenshine
Hon. Tara D. Sonenshine

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. Prior to joining USIP, she was a strategic communications adviser to many international organiza... More
ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)
ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America for ... More
Hon. Strobe Talbott
Hon. Strobe Talbott

Strobe Talbott is a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Talbott served as president of the Brookings Institution from July 2002 to October 2017, 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 a... More
Joshua Tallis, PhD.
Joshua Tallis, PhD.

Dr. Joshua Tallis is a research scientist and political-military analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, the US Navy’s federally funded research and development center. Specializing in Arctic policy, maritime security, and US naval strategy, he has advised Navy leaders at tactical, operational, and strategic levels of command. Tallis most recently served as the analytic advisor for the commander of US Sixth Fleet (Naval Forces Europe and A... More
RDML David W. Titley, Ph.D., USN (Ret)
RDML David W. Titley, Ph.D., USN (Ret)

David W. Titley is a Professor of Practice in Meteorology and a Professor of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. After graduating from Penn State, Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, an... More
Ali Tulbah
Ali Tulbah

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 activities of foreig... More
Mark V. Vlasic, KHS, KCEM
Mark V. Vlasic, KHS, KCEM

Mark V. Vlasic is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for Law, Science & Global Security, and its Institute of International Economic Law, and leads the international practice at Madison Law & Strategy Group. He serves as an outside pro bono ITAC advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and is an Executive Producer with CBS Studios, as his international work was the insp... More
Hon. David B. Waller
Hon. David B. Waller

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, efficient intergovernmental organization, charged with matters critical to international peace and security, the IAEA — with... More
Hon. Setti Warren
Hon. Setti Warren

Setti D. Warren is the executive director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to this role, he served as the executive director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He previously served as Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 2010 to 2018 and was the first African American to be a popularly elected mayor in Massachusetts. Warren has had an extensive career in public service, serving as special assis... More
Maj Gen Jasper Welch, USAF (Ret)
Maj Gen Jasper Welch, USAF (Ret)

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 the National Ac... More
Douglas R. Young
Douglas R. Young

Douglas R. Young’s practice emphasizes trials, appeals, investigations and related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. His expertise includes white collar defense and parallel civil and regulatory proceedings; intellectual property; and securities, unfair competition, and antitrust (including significant class action work). Mr. Young has also served as a federal court Special Master in both complex civil cases an... More

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