July 21, 2011

CNAS Calls for Applications: Next Generation Leaders Class 2011-2012

The Center for a New American
Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications
for the third annual Next Generation National Security Leaders Program
2011-2012. Click here for more information and to apply.

As part of its mission to prepare and foster the next generation of national security and defense leaders, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the third annual Next Generation National Security Leaders Program 2011-2012. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications for the program are being accepted now through September 1, 2011.

For the third successive year, CNAS will gather a bipartisan group of future national security leaders to participate in a series of frank and open discussions on immediate and long-term U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges with the goal of developing a shared understanding of the nation's security interests and international priorities. During the program, Next Generation Leaders will engage with influential figures in the national security field in a series of candid discussions on several of the most pressing issues facing the United States.

Past topics have included the re-emergence of China and the future of East Asia, American interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Natural Security (the intersection of national security and natural resource scarcity, energy and climate change), and the effects of the economic crisis on national security. Next Generation Leaders will also have the opportunity to contribute to collaborative writing projects with their colleagues; participate in a variety of CNAS events, off-site visits and meetings; and potentially travel internationally.

The 2011-2012 program will again be led by CNAS President John Nagl, a retired armor officer in the U.S. Army and a member of the Defense Policy Board, and Steve Biegun, corporate officer and vice president of international governmental affairs for Ford Motor Company, former senior advisor to Senator John McCain and CNAS advisory board member.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Application Process

To be considered for the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program applicants must submit a complete application, which includes:

• Online application form
• Letter of interest
• Résumé/CV
• Nominating letter from a non-family member describing the candidate’s strengths

Please do not submit the online form until you are ready to upload your complete application (with the possible exception of the nominating letter). You will not be able to log back in to update your application. Any changes to your application should be emailed to nextgeneration@cnas.org.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

• Be a United States citizen
• Be between 25-32 years of age
• Possess a Bachelor’s Degree
• Have at least three years of professional experience in researching and/or executing U.S. national security policy
• Demonstrate a commitment to public service

Please note: CNAS seeks a diverse group of applicants and encourages active duty members of the military to apply for the program. CNAS understands that most of the participants will be employed full-time, but expects the Next Generation Leaders to attend and participate in all events. Please note that this is a time-consuming program. Efforts will be made to schedule events in such a way so as to reduce conflicts for the participants.
Nominating Letters 

Nominating letters should address attributes such as the candidate’s experience, intellectual abilities, leadership capacity and potential and should not exceed 500 words. We encourage applicants to submit nominating letters with the other application materials through the online form, but if not submitted online, letters can be emailed directly to CNAS at nextgeneration@cnas.org with "Nominating Letter" in the subject line or mailed to:

Center for a New American Security
c/o Zachary Hosford
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Ste. 403
Washington, D.C. 20004

Deadline: All applications must be received (or postmarked in the case of nominating letters mailed separately) by 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, September 1, 2011.
Click here for more information and to apply.

An opening reception will take place in the fall. Unless otherwise stated, all events will take place in Washington, D.C. Individuals are responsible for any travel expenses incurred.


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.

Program Contact:

Zachary Hosford
Research Associate
Email: zhosford@cnas.org
Ph: (202) 457-9403 

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