January 14, 2016

CNAS Selects New Members to Board of Advisors


Washington, January 14 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) announced today the arrival of nine new members of its Board of Advisors. Members will serve a term from 2016 through 2018. The new members include high-profile business leaders with a diverse set of backgrounds in government and the private sector. The members currently serve as high-ranking officials in the consulting, defense, and financial sectors. They include both Republicans and Democrats.

Along with the current Board of Advisors members and the CNAS Board of Directors, the new members will be a great resource and community of support for the Center as it aims to elevate and inform the national security debate looking to 2016 and beyond.

The nine new members are:

  • Neal Blue, Chairman and CEO, General Atomics
  • Michele Davis, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Morgan Stanley
  • Lawrence Di Rita, CEO Communications Executive, Bank of America
  • William Lynn, CEO, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, Inc.
  • Sharon Marcil, Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Michael Petters, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
  • Robert Roche, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Acorn International, Inc.
  • James Schenck, CEO, PenFed
  • David Wajsgras, President, Intelligence, Information, and Services, Raytheon Company

“We are excited to have this bipartisan, accomplished group of public servants and industry experts join our Board of Advisors,” said CNAS Chief Executive Officer Michèle Flournoy. “These are true experts in their fields, and they have a wealth of experience in areas key to CNAS’ work. We anticipate they will help CNAS have even more impact in the future.”

CNAS Board of Directors Chairman Kurt Campbell echoed Flournoy’s sentiment. “The new Board of Advisors members give us a tremendous new source of input, perspective and support. Their engagement on key topics will be invaluable to furthering CNAS’ ideas and impact. We are proud that they have chosen CNAS as a venue through which to demonstrate their commitment to U.S. national security.”

Individual new members of the Board of Advisors have served in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations.

For more information, please contact Neal Urwitz at nurwitz@cnas.org or 202-457-9409.