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The Pitch 2022: A Competition of New Ideas

May 4, 2022
1:00pm to 3:30pm ET


CNAS hosted its annual premier event to elevate emerging and diverse voices in national security: The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas. Selected applicants made their pitch for innovative policy ideas to meet new challenges in U.S. national security policy in front of a distinguished panel of judges and a live virtual audience. There was interactive polling, and the audience was able to vote for the "People's Choice Award." Finalists from each round and the winner of the "People's Choice Award" will move on to compete at the grand finale during the 2022 CNAS National Security Conference: Security in the Balance.

The following finalists made their pitch:

Military Modernization

Jordan Hibbs is a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense

Heather Price is an Army Acquisition Strategy Advisor for the U.S. Army

Artem Sherbinin is a Surface Warfare Officer for the U.S. Navy

Sharpening America’s Innovation Toolkit

Adam DuBard is a Program Associate at Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Mycal Ford is a Regulatory Risk and Compliance Specialist

Safeguarding Against Threats to Democracy

William Coffin is a graduate student at George Washington University

Sarah Marshall is a graduate student at the American University School of International Service

Matthew Mittelsteadt is an Artificial Intelligence Policy Fellow at the Institute for Security Policy and Law

Reimagining Global Alliances

Jarrett Horne is a Technical Associate at the Kaizen Company

Aris Iliopulos is a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Jacqueline White Menchaca is a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School

This event is made possible with support from the Common Mission Project.