August 25, 2009

CNAS Next Generation National Security Leaders

CNAS has selected the 2009 class of Next Generation National Security Leaders. There were 450 (!) applicants for 24 slots, so apologies go out to the many fine candidates who were excluded this round. And a huge congratulations go out to the diverse and accomplished class that was selected. You don't really get a sense for what an accomplished crew this is just by reading their titles. For example, look at Barret Bradstreet: "Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University." That says nothing about the fact that he's a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps -- with degrees from Harvard and the LSE, naturally -- and has a tour in Iraq under his belt and has been teaching at the Naval Academy for the past few years. Are you kidding me? Just ridiculous, these people. We could have chosen the next 24 people on the list and not suffered a drop in quality. It's like the New Zealand national rugby team in that way...

Jasmeet Ahuja
Professional Staff Member, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Anika Binnendijk
Special Assistant, International Security Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense

Barret Bradstreet
Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University

Samuel Charap
Associate Director for the Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for American Progress

Marissa Doran
Professional Staff Member, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Guy Filippelli
CEO, Berico Technologies

Kelly Howard
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army, U.S. Department of Defense

Church Hutton
Minority Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee

Mara Karlin
Instructor and Doctoral Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Peter Lohman
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Jim Mitre
Foreign Affairs Specialist, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy

Marisa Paul
Senior Analyst, Northrop Grumman

Elizabeth Prescott
Professor, Georgetown University

Emelia Probasco
Special Assistant, U.S. Navy

Adi Raval
Senior White House Producer, BBC

Kaleb Redden
Director for Building Global Partnerships, Office of the Secretary of Defense

David Rittgers
Legal Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

Stephen Rubright
Military Legislative Assistant and Foreign Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Abby Ruscetta
Congressional Appropriations Liason, Secretary of the Air Force Staff

Anthony Russell
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

Timothy Strabbing
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, U.S. Department of Defense

Tim Sullivan
Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Caitlan Talmadge
Doctoral Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Visiting Fellow, Georgetown University

Eric Young
Manager of Strategic Development, Boeing Network and Space Systems