Join the CNAS Council

The CNAS Council enriches the Center’s intellectual agenda by offering its members a vehicle to express their views and critical support and serves as a powerful link between the public and private sectors. Members are invited to participate in an array of private discussions with national security leaders around the country.

Prospective members are invited to join the Council by current members, Council Chairs, or by CNAS board members.

Join the CNAS Council


Genuinely Bipartisan

Next Generation

CNAS prepares the next generation of national security leaders and launches them into public service.

CNAS Expertise

Transatlantic Security | Technology & National Security | Energy & Economics | Military, Veterans, & Society | Defense | Indo-Pacific Security | Middle East Security

Veterans as a Component of National Security

CNAS remains the only think tank that views challenges facing America’s service members, veterans, and military families as an issue of national security.

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Invitations to Flagship and Private Events

Exclusive Geopolitical Analysis

Prominent acknowledgment in the CNAS Honor Roll of Contributors

CNAS Council Support Levels

Ambassador's Circle ($10,000+)Commander's Circle ($5,000 to $9,999)Leadership Circle ($2,500 to $4,999)
One private briefing with CNAS experts during the year1
Invitation to the annual Zak Grand Strategy Lecture in the spring in Washington. The lecture convenes new and different perspectives to the discussion around American national security strategy.
Participate in periodic briefings and meetings with CNAS experts
Invitation to join periodic virtual and in-person convenings with other CNAS Council members and national security leaders
Access to country-specific geopolitical analysis
Invitation to Annual National Security Conference, including VIP events reserved only for CNAS Council members
Invitation to monthly conference calls with Center experts (approximately 6–8 calls per year)
Recommend one candidate for the Center’s Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship
Access to the Center’s bi-weekly email newsletter, which can include embargoed study releases, special engagements and invitations, and research announcements
Prominent acknowledgment as a CNAS Supporter

Join the CNAS Council

1. Meetings with CNAS experts are based on availability.

To join the CNAS Council, please contact Anna Saito Carson, Vice President of Development, at

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