Join the CNAS Council

The CNAS Council enriches the Center’s intellectual agenda by offering its members a vehicle to express their views and provide critical support to the Center’s work. The Council also 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 in New York; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; and Washington, D.C. (these events are being held virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Prospective Council members are invited to join the Council by current members, Council chairs, or CNAS Board members.

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Genuinely Bipartisan

CNAS is the premier national security organization in Washington, DC that is led by both Democrats and Republicans and embraces both perspectives to advance America’s security.

The Next Generation

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


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

Service Members and 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 on the CNAS List of Supporters

CNAS Council Support Levels

Ambassador's Circle ($10,000+)Commander's Circle ($5,000 to $9,999)Leadership Circle ($2,500 to $4,999)
Opportunity to request one private briefing with a CNAS expert, held virtually until further notice and based on expert availability.1
Invitation to join private virtual and in-person convenings with other CNAS Council members, supporters, and national security leaders.
Opportunity to participate as an observer in select research program roundtable discussions.
Opportunity to recommend candidates for the Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Fellowship.
Invitation to over 200 center-wide events, held virtually until further notice, with thought leaders, policymakers, and business executives.
Invitation to CNAS’ annual National Security Conference, including VIP events reserved only for CNAS Council members.
Opportunity to participate in Close Calls, CNAS’ private conference call briefing series hosted by CNAS experts (8–10 calls per year).
Receive and have access to copies of select CNAS reports and policy briefs upon request; and exclusive email newsletters, including the biweekly donor newsletter, Weekend Reads, Sharper, and other research program newsletters.
Prominent acknowledgment on the CNAS List of Supporters.

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