November 04, 2013

CNAS Announces Changes to Board of Directors

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) announced several changes to its Board of Directors today. Former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry have been named Directors Emeriti and General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.); outgoing BAE Systems, Inc. President & CEO Linda Hudson; and Senator Joseph Lieberman have been selected as new members of the Board. 

Dr. Albright joined the CNAS Board of Directors in 2007 and Dr. Perry is the Center’s founding Chairman and has a chair, currently held by CNAS CEO Robert Work, named in his honor. “We are extremely grateful for all that these two distinguished American leaders have contributed to CNAS since its founding.  We are honored that they have agreed to continue to provide CNAS with their wisdom and insights on national security matters for years to come,” said CNAS Board Co-Chair Dr. Kurt Campbell.

Following in the tradition established by Dr. Albright and Dr. Perry, three additional extraordinary leaders will be bringing their vast military, business and government experience to the CNAS Board of Directors.  General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), who is currently a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security, had a distinguished military career for nearly 38 years culminating in command of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013.  “John Allen’s thoughtfulness and years of military experience will provide an invaluable perspective to CNAS board discussions,” stated CNAS Board Co-Chair Michèle Flournoy, “and we are delighted to have him on our team.”

For a complete biography of General Allen, click here.

Linda Hudson, who will step down as President & CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. in early 2014, has been hailed as a trailblazer throughout her career in the defense industry, which has included senior management positions at Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.  “I cannot think of a person better qualified to offer innovative ideas and insights to CNAS as it seeks to find solutions to national security challenges in a constrained budget environment,” said Ms. Flournoy. 

For a complete biography of Ms. Hudson, click here.

Senator Joseph Lieberman, now Senior Counsel at the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in New York, represented the state of Connecticut for 24 years.  During his Senate career, he served as the Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee.  “We are privileged,” said Dr. Campbell, “to have a Senator with such a distinguished record of bipartisan accomplishment in the national security realm join our Board.” 

For a complete biography of Senator Lieberman, click here.
CNAS would also like to recognize and thank Karen Elliott House, who is stepping down from the Board of Directors.  “We are grateful to Karen for sharing her wisdom during her very productive time as a member of the Center’s Board of Directors,” said CEO Bob Work. “Her media savvy and Middle East expertise were especially valuable over the last several years,” he said, “and we look forward to continuing to call on her in the future.”


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.