The Pitch 2021: A Competition of New Ideas

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted its second annual premier event to elevate emerging and diverse voices in national security: The Pitch: A Competition of New Ideas. Selected finalists made their pitch for innovative policy ideas to meet new challenges in U.S. national security policy in front of a distinguished panel of judges and live virtual audience at a session of the 2021 CNAS National Security Conference on June 15, 2021.

The Best in Show Winner of this year's competition will receive a $1,000 prize, and the winners of this year's three heat categories, as well as the People's Choice Award Winner, will each receive $250 prizes. All four competition winners will also be invited to adapt their winning pitches into installments for an official CNAS commentary series featuring new ideas in U.S. national security.

Applicants made their pitch for one of the following prompts:

The panel of judges featured distinguished, bipartisan national security experts, including:

Congratulations to this year's winners of The Pitch:

Winner, Best in Show

Bethan Saunders

Heat Winners

Bethan Saunders
Abigail Wulf
Jake Brooke

Winner, People's Choice Award

Sara Plana

Watch some of our favorite highlights:

Watch the entire competition: