Mission Statement

We are retired Admirals, Generals, Ambassadors and Senior Government Executives committed to strengthening America’s National Security by informing the debate, influencing decision-makers, and educating the public.

We believe protecting our vital national interests requires strong American global leadership.  We support military might, a strong diplomatic service, and a robust inter-agency capability.  We recognize the complexities of balancing competing views on the US role in the world and addressing threats both at home and abroad.

We are dedicated to inspiring the public and policymakers alike.  We promote enduring, non-partisan “Whole of Government” and “Whole of Society” solutions to critical national security issues.  We believe that a group with our professional experience provides insights that the public and decision-makers need.


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President
Rear Admiral Michael E. Smith, USN (ret)
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Founders
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USN (ret)

Rear Admiral Michael E. Smith, USN (ret)
Rear Admiral David Oliver, USN (ret)

Rear Admiral Jan Hammy, USN (ret)
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Board Members
Chairperson:
Major General (ret) Peter Cooke, USA

Secretary:
Major General(ret) Donna Barbish, USA

Legal Counsel:
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USN (ret)

Executive Committee Chair:
Rear Admiral David Oliver, USN (ret)
Membership Committee Chair:
Major General (ret) Mari K Eder, USA

Directors:
Brigadier General John Douglas, USAF (ret)

Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, USMC (ret)

Ambassador Richard Holwill (ret)

Ambassador Patrick Kennedy (ret)
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Inaugural Members
Brigadier General Ricardo Aponte, USAF (ret)

Major General (ret) Donna Barbish, USA

Major General (ret) David Burford, USA

Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (ret)

Rear Admiral Chris Cole, USN (ret)

Major General (ret) Peter Cooke, USA

Vice Admiral Dirk Debbink, USN (ret)

Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, USMC (ret)

Vice Admiral Kevin Green, USN (ret)

Major General Richard Haddad, USAF (ret)

Major General (ret) Richard Harding, USA
Ambassador Richard Holwill (ret)

Brigadier General (ret) David Irvine, USA

Lieutenant General Arlen Jameson, USAF (ret)

Ambassador Patrick Kennedy (ret)

Brigadier General Carlos Martinez, USAF (ret)

Major General (ret) Galle Pollock, CRNA, FACHE, FAA, USA

Ambassador Francis Ricciardone (ret)

Brigadier General (ret) John Schuster, USA

Brigadier General Frank Taylor, USAF (ret)

Lieutenant General Willie Williams, USMC (ret)

Major General (ret) Margaret Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, USA
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