Heads Up: Next Generation National Security Leaders


-center-for-a-new-american-security--f28996.jpgThis is a friendly public service announcement for young (between 25 and 32 years), policy-minded folks interested in national security affairs. The Center for a New American Security is holding its second annual competition for fellows in its Next General National Security Leaders Program.
John Nagl, one of General David Petraeus’ star proteges, and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee (under Jesse Helms) and National Security Council (under G.W. Bush) senior staff member Steve Biegun head up the program — which despite their collective lack of realist DNA — is nonetheless an outstanding opportunity for folks.
I highly recommend this fellowship, which will expose the fellowship awardees to a wide swath of thinking on national security strategy — even my own. Big plus if you subscribe to any notion of cost/benefit calculations in thinking through America’s strategic choices. (. . .joking!)
Here is the CNAS announcement:

CNAS Announces Second Annual Next Generation National Security Leaders Program
Washington, D.C., August 23, 2010 – As part of its mission to prepare and foster the next generation of national security and defense leaders, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce the launch of its second annual Next Generation National Security Leaders Program.
Applications for this year’s program must be submitted by Friday, September 3, 2010. See more information about the application process below.
For the second successive year, CNAS will gather potential future national security leaders to participate in a series of frank and open discussions on immediate and long-term national security and foreign policy challenges. The Next Generation National Security Leaders Program will consist of a bipartisan group of emerging analysts and practitioners who will participate in a series of events aimed at developing a shared understanding of the nation’s security interests and international priorities.
During the year-long program, Next Generation Leaders will engage with influential figures in the national security field in a series of candid dinner discussions on several of the most pressing issues the United States faces, as well as contribute to collaborative writing projects with their fellow Leaders. Next Generation Leaders will also have the opportunity to participate in variety of CNAS-hosted events.
The 2010-2011 program will again be led by CNAS President John Nagl and Steve Biegun, corporate officer and vice president of international governmental affairs for Ford Motor Company, former senior advisor to Senator John McCain, and CNAS advisory board member.
Applications for the program are being accepted now through September 3, 2010. Click here for more information.

— Steve Clemons


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