Robert M. Gates and Leon E. Panetta Fellows

CNAS has established the two fellowships in honor of Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, and their shared commitment to public service and bipartisan solutions to U.S. national security challenges.

These fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified Democratic and Republican candidates who demonstrate extraordinary potential, a commitment to service, and the professionalism and integrity exemplified by Secretaries Gates and Panetta.

Loren DeJonge Schulman serves as the Center's deputy director of studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow. Her research interests include national security and defense strategy and reform, with focus on strengthening and modernizing the U.S. national security toolkit. Ms. Schulman most recently served as the Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Before returning to the White House in 2013, she was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, advising on security policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.

Carrie Cordero is the Center's Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow and General Counsel. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, a CNN analyst, and a contributing editor of Lawfare. Her research and writing interests focus on intelligence community oversight, transparency, surveillance, cybersecurity and related national security law and policy issues. Ms. Cordero spent the first part of her career in public service, including as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Senior Associate General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, during which time she handled critical counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations and appeared frequently before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.

Current Fellows