September 24, 2018

Margaret Seymour joins CNAS as Adjunct Research Assistant in the Military, Veterans and Society Program

Washington, September 26 -- The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Margaret Seymour has joined the Center as an Adjunct Research Assistant in partnership with the Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) program and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The first of three fellows to work with CNAS this year, Seymour has just completed her PhD in International Studies from Old Dominion University after serving for ten years as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Seymour is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri studying journalism and strategic communications. As an active duty intelligence officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, Seymour successfully completed three tours overseas. As part of her transition to the Reserves, Seymour ran across the United States, raising $100,000 for veterans, Gold Star families and special needs athletes. Her doctoral research focused on the United States' use of soft power in counterterrorism strategy. She received a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Loyola University and a Master’s in Military History from Norwich University.

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is a non-partisan social enterprise in the education space and is a one-year leadership development program for high-potential/high-impact student veterans who are interested in becoming future leaders in their fields. VGL provides student veterans with brand development, exclusive networking, leadership seminars, career guidance and one-on-one application counseling for prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

"This formal partnership between our organizations represents the growing collaboration and innovative strategies developing to support our nation's warriors. VGL is honored to join this empowerment movement with highly-respected enterprises such as CNAS and Wounded Warrior Project to develop America's future veteran leaders," said Founder and Chairman at Veterans in Global Leadership, Jayson Browder.

This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities. Since 2003, WWP’s programs and services have empowered warriors through mental health support and clinical treatment, physical health and wellness programs, job placement services, and benefits claims help.

“We applaud CNAS for their commitment to VGL, which is training up a generation of future leaders from among those who bravely served our nation, and we’re proud to support their work,” said René Bardorf, WWP Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations. “Hiring veterans in the civilian workforce, especially as thought leaders, gives organizations highly motivated, coachable team players with specialized skill sets, who are an asset to any team. Margaret certainly fits that description and we have full confidence that CNAS will provide the necessary tools to empower Margaret as an Adjunct Research Assistant, and we look forward to watching her develop her self-evident skills further over the next 12 months with our partner, CNAS.”

To reach Margaret Seymour or for more information on CNAS, please contact Cole Stevens at or 202-695-8166.