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.

Elbridge "Bridge" Colby serves as the Center's inaugural Robert M. Gates Fellow. Before joining CNAS, Mr. Colby was a principal analyst and division lead for global strategic affairs at CNA.  He served in 2012 as the deputy head for national security personnel on the Mitt Romney pre-transition effort and worked on several of the campaign’s security policy teams.  Mr. Colby has served as a policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as an advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the WMD Commission, and at the State Department.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Current Fellows