The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. A key part of our mission is to inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
As a research and policy institution committed to the highest standards of organizational, intellectual, and personal integrity, CNAS maintains strict intellectual independence and sole editorial direction and control over its ideas, projects, publications, events, and other research activities. CNAS does not take institutional positions on policy issues and the content of CNAS publications reflects the views of their authors alone. In keeping with its mission and values, CNAS does not engage in lobbying activity and complies fully with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. CNAS will not engage in any representational activities or advocacy on behalf of any entities or interests and, to the extent that the Center accepts funding from non-U.S. sources, its activities will be limited to bona fide scholastic, academic, and research-related activities, consistent with applicable federal law. The Center publicly acknowledges on its website annually all donors who contribute.
CNAS has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This is the highest possible rating and indicates that CNAS adheres to the sector’s best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.
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CNAS receives support for its work from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governments. We are grateful to the generous donors who help make our work possible. You are welcome to view the full list of CNAS supporters.
Individuals who share the Center’s passion in advancing bipartisan national security solutions may participate in the CNAS Council program.
CNAS corporate partners have access to our expert network, shape strategic policy conversations, and affiliate with our nation’s leading defense and security policy institute. Learn more about the CNAS Corporate Partnership Program.
CNAS is registered with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): #81729
CNAS’ most recent IRS Form 990 can be accessed below:
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Intellectual Independence PolicyCNAS is a national security research and policy institution committed to the highest standards of organizational, intellectual, and personal integrity. The Center retains sole editorial control over its ideas, projects, and productions, and the content of its publications reflects only the views of their authors. In keeping with its mission and values, CNAS does not engage in lobbying activity and complies fully with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Accordingly, CNAS will not engage in any representation or advocacy on behalf of any entities or interests and, to the extent that the Center accepts funding from foreign sources, its activities will be limited to bona fide scholastic, academic, and research-related activities, consistent with applicable federal law.
Political Engagement PolicyConsistent with its bipartisan character and its mission of shaping and elevating the national security debate, CNAS encourages its personnel to become engaged in their personal capacities in political activities, including as advisors to presidential and other campaigns. Such engagement has been core to the Center’s impact since its inception, and all CNAS personnel are welcome to participate in their individual capacities. However, it is CNAS policy that the institution shall not engage in political campaigns or activities, and that CNAS personnel participating in them do so solely in their individual capacities on their own time, without using CNAS resources and without suggesting that their views or activities in any way represent the Center as an institution. At the same time, CNAS encourages its personnel to always to act with civility and a spirit of mutual respect, consistent with the Center’s mission to deliver bold, innovative, and bipartisan ideas and elevate the national security debate.
CNAS Donor Acceptance and Disclosure PolicyCNAS accepts funds from a broad range of sources provided they are for purposes that are in keeping with its mission. These contributions may be payable on an annual basis, over a period of time, or be given as in-kind goods or services. CNAS is grateful for the contributions it receives, which provide critical support that makes the Center’s work possible. CNAS respects the intent of its donors by ensuring that the Center uses donor funds in accordance with their wishes.
Acceptance of any contribution is at the discretion of CNAS. Accordingly, each is subject to a condition, which is reflected in a written acceptance letter for any contribution of $250 and above that stipulates that CNAS is accepting such contribution on the condition that CNAS retains intellectual independence and full control over any content funded in whole or in part by the contribution, consistent with the Center’s intellectual independence policy.
As a general policy, the Center does not accept anonymous contributions. On appropriate occasions, CNAS will make exceptions to this policy for individual donors. CNAS does not accept funds from 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations primarily engaged in political activities.
CNAS publicly acknowledges all its donors who give $250 or more in an annual listing on its website and may do so in other contexts as well.
The Center does not sell, trade, or rent its donor lists, and does not share donor information with third parties. CNAS takes all reasonable and appropriate measures to prevent unauthorized use of its donor lists.