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Consensus

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
Morton Abramowitz

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 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and has held numerous positions in the Department of State. He also served as acting ... More
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
Graham Allison

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
Colonel David Allwine
Colonel David Allwine

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BG Steven M. Anderson, USA (Ret.)
BG Steven M. Anderson, USA (Ret.)

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 2010 after a 31 year career in the US Army that included logistics command and staff assignments in Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghani... 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
Rear Admiral James Barnett
Rear Admiral James Barnett

Admiral Barnett 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 addition to his military se... 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
Lt Colonel Hal Bidlack, Ph.D. (USAF, Ret.)
Lt Colonel 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
Dr. Coit Blacker
Dr. Coit Blacker

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 Committee on Development. Since 2005 he has served as faculty co-chair of the International Initiative. Du... More
Barry Blechman, PhD
Barry Blechman, PhD

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
Vice Admiral William R Burke, USN (Ret)
Vice Admiral William R Burke, USN (Ret)

Vice Admiral (Ret) Burke 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.  He earned a Ma... 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
LTGEN JOHN CASTELLAW USMC (RETIRED)
LTGEN JOHN CASTELLAW USMC (RETIRED)

John “Glad” Castellaw is co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Farmspace Systems LLC., a provider of aerial (drone) services and equipment. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM), he led Marines around the world while flying more than two dozen different aircraft. During his 36-year career, he served with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, commanded the American force in the multi-national security and sta... 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
BGen Stephen A. Cheney

BGen Stephen Cheney USMC(Ret) Stephen Cheney is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP) and a member of the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. 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 wa... More
Lt. Colonel Chris Kremidas-Courtney
Lt. Colonel Chris Kremidas-Courtney

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 to reduce violence in Ciudad Juarez. Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Lieutenant Colonel Courtney graduated ... 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 Cunningham is President of McLarty Associates, the international strategic advisory firm headed by former White House Chief of Staff and Special Envoy for the Americas Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III. Mr. Cunningham was also Special Advisor to President Clinton for Western Hemisphere Affairs and previously served as a counsel at the White House and as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Senator Joseph Biden. Prior to that,... More
Dante Disparte
Dante Disparte

Dante Disparte is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategy, risk and capital management firm focusing on mid-market opportunities, market expansion and equity investments on a global scale. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” (Macmillan, Q2/2016). Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Disparte served as the Managing Director of Clements Worldwide, a leading insurance brokerage with cu... More
Sidney D. Drell
Sidney D. Drell

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 national security and defense technical issues for more than four decades. A member of the National A... 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
Maj. General Paul D. Eaton
Maj. General Paul D. Eaton

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
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr.
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr.

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, and served a three year tour in Germany. He also served as Executive Assistant to two secretaries of defe... 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 Vete... More
Bart Gordon
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
Dennis M. Gormley
Dennis M. Gormley

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 Deputy Dire... More
CAPT Jim Goudreau, USN (Ret)
CAPT Jim Goudreau, USN (Ret)

CAPT Jim Goudreau, SC, 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... More
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn

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
Maj. General Marcelite J. Harris
Maj. General Marcelite J. Harris

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 Force career as a woman with a mission to be the best. From September 1975-May 1978 she was a personnel staf... More
The Honorable Gary Hart
The Honorable 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
General Richard D. Hearney
General Richard D. Hearney

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
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman

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 the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1 January to 31 December 2005 and again from January 2009 to March 2... More
Lt. General Arlen "Dirk" Jameson
Lt. General Arlen "Dirk" Jameson

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 com... More
Brig. General John Johns
Brig. General John Johns

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 Director of Human Resources Development. He taught leadership and ethics at the U.S. Military Acade... More
Mr. Clarence Juhl
Mr. Clarence Juhl

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 Representative Europe and the Deputy Defense Advisor, US Mission, NATO.   Prior to his assignment to Brussels, Mr... More
Richard Kauzlarich
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
Dr. David Kay
Dr. David Kay

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 as the IAEA/UNSCOM Chief Nuclear Weapons Inspector, leading numerous inspections into Iraq following the end o... More
Geoffrey Kemp
Geoffrey Kemp

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 during the f... More
Lt. General Donald Kerrick
Lt. General Donald Kerrick

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 States foreign and national security policies. For five years after leaving the military, Don Kerr... More
Colonel Richard L. (Dick) Klass
Colonel Richard L. (Dick) Klass

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 in... More
Lawrence J. Korb
Lawrence J. Korb

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 Gree... More
Rear Admiral Rosanne M. LeVitre
Rear Admiral Rosanne M. LeVitre

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
Philippe Maze-Sencier
Philippe Maze-Sencier

Philippe Maze-Sencier, Senior Director, is a member of McLarty Associates’ Global Strategies practice. Before joining McLarty, Mr. Maze-Sencier was executive director in the Washington office of APCO Worldwide, where he led APCO’s global government relations practice.  He has nearly 20 years of experience working with governments in Europe, Africa, India, and North America.  He has led strategic communications campaigns supporting market entry ... More
Colonel Steve McCain
Colonel Steve McCain

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 nonprofit organizations regarding federal business development, budget and acquisition, as well as con... 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
BG David L. McGinnis, USA (Ret)
BG David L. McGinnis, USA (Ret)

BG 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 retired milit... More
General Merrill “Tony” McPeak
General Merrill “Tony” McPeak

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 degree in international relations from George Washington University. General McPeak is a fighter pilot... More
Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby
Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby

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, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM.  From July 2007 to July 2009, he developed strategy for US Special Operati... More
Ronald E. Neumann
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
Glenn Nye
Glenn Nye

Glenn Nye is a Senior Advisor at Palantir Technologies and a former Member of Congress (VA-02).  He is also a former Foreign Service Officer who served in the Balkans, Afghanistan, the West Bank, and Iraq. ... More
Admiral William Owens
Admiral William Owens

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 from 1990 to 1992, which includes Operation Desert Storm. He retired in 1996. He also served as the d... 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
Dr. Alan Platt
Dr. Alan Platt

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
Dr. Christopher Preble
Dr. Christopher Preble

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
Guy B. Roberts
Guy B. Roberts

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 Directorate for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  In that capacity he was responsible for de... More
Dr. Scott Sagan
Dr. Scott Sagan

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. General Norman Seip
Lt. General Norman Seip

Lieutenant General (ret) Norman R. Seip is a member of The American Security Project (ASP), a nonpartisan organization created to educate the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in the 21st Century. Lieutenant General Seip served in the Air Force for 35 years. His last assignment was Commander of 12th Air Force, comprised of seven active-duty wings and two direct-reporting units in the Western and Midwestern U... More
George P. Shultz
George P. Shultz

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 1982, he was ... 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 Mike 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, Admiral Smith spent over 30 years in the U.S. Navy. His last duty assignment was as President, Board of... More
Tara D. Sonenshine
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
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)
Admiral 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
Strobe Talbott
Strobe Talbott

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 the Secretary of State for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, then as Deputy Secre... More
Lt. General James Thompson
Lt. General James Thompson

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. David W Titley, Rear Admiral USN (ret.)
Dr. David W Titley, Rear Admiral USN (ret.)

David 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, and O... 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
DAVID B. WALLER
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
Maj. General Jasper Welch
Maj. General Jasper Welch

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