October 16, 2012

CNAS Announces the Next Generation National Security Leaders Class of 2012-2013

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce the Next Generation National Security Leaders Class of 2012-2013. These 16 emerging leaders have diverse backgrounds and experience across the national security field, including in the executive and legislative branches, the U.S. military, academia and the private sector. Click here to meet the 2012-2013 class.

CNAS launched this program in 2009 as part of its mission to cultivate the next generation of national security leaders and encourage a shared understanding of the nation's security interests and international priorities. 

John Nagl, CNAS Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Minerva Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Steve Biegun, Corporate Officer and Vice President of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company, will lead the program in its fourth successive year. The program will feature discussions with leading practitioners on the most pressing national security topics including: maintaining U.S. national security in an era of fiscal austerity; China and America's shift to the Indo-Pacific region; the nexus of energy, natural resources and national security; the rise to power of "global swing states" such as India, Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil; and current and future wars. The CNAS Next Generation Leaders will also have additional opportunities to engage with the national security community and contribute to collaborative writing projects.

Click here to learn more about the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program.

2012-2013 Next Generation National Security Leaders:

Major David Blair, USAF
Doctoral Student, International Relations, CSAF Captain's Ph.D. Scholar, Georgetown University

Lieutenant Aaron J. Casavant, USCG
Operations Law Attorney, Coast Guard Judge Advocate General's Office of Maritime and International Law

Morgan Courtney
Special Assistant to the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, U.S. Department of State

Harun Dogo
Doctoral Fellow, RAND Corporation

Jasmine M. El-Gamal
Country Director for Syria and Lebanon, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy

Captain Brett Gibson, ARNG
Business Development Manager, LivingSocial

Luke Hartig
Deputy Director for Counterterrorism Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

Sameer Lalwani
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Security & Conflict Studies, George Washington University

Maria Mahler-Haug
Policy Aide for Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Office of Senator Claire McCaskill

Captain EmilyGrace Mate, ARNG
Combat Aviation Brigade Air Operations Officer, U.S. Army

Lieutenant Joshua Mueller, USN
Special Assistant and Speechwriter to VADM Michael Miller, USN, Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy

Elizabeth Nathan
Professional Staff Member, U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee

Brooke Neuman
Chief of Staff to General Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.), McChrystal Group

Captain Luis Perez, USMC
Instruction Officer in Charge, Officer Candidate School, U.S. Marine Corps

Patrick Ryan
Founder and President, Praescient Analytics

Eric Sayers
Defense Policy Advisor, Office of Congressman J. Randy Forbes



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. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.


Kay King
Director of External Relations
and Senior Advisor
Email: kking@cnas.org
Ph: (202) 457-9408

Sara Conneighton
Deputy Director of External Relations
Email: sconneighton@cnas.org
Ph: (202) 457-9429