American Values

The American College of National Security Leaders is proud to announce the creation of the American Norms and Values working group. American values, such as liberty, individualism, diversity, social justice, and equality, are admired by people worldwide, and they influence change in the internal affairs of nations that adopt sound mores and laws to emulate our own. One such norm, America’s role in the development of, respect for, adherence to, and confidence in the rule of law, is a foundation of its leadership in the world. The working group will study the influence that an increasingly interconnected world has on American democracy, our values, and norms; and how this influence may affect our standing in the world and our overall National Security. More specifically, how internal and external actors contribute in defining the future of the American Way of Life.


We invite you to read through a detailed list of our working group’s guiding themes and principles below:

Contribution of American Values to Democracy and America’s Standing in the World 
Social Norms Protect and Define the American Way of Life
 Law and Ethics in Peacetime and Wartime

ACNSL Publications – American Values
ACNSL Op-Eds – American Values
American Norms and Values Working Group



Steven Lepper, Maj. Gen., USAF


Ambassador Barbara Stephenson

Virginia Bennett, FSO

Thomas Countryman, SES

Rick Devereaux, Maj. Gen., USAF

Paul D. Eaton, MG, USA

Mari K. Eder, MG. USA

Karen H. Gibson, LtG, USA

Kevin Green, VADM, USN

Jan Hamby, RADM, USN

Len Hering, RADM, USN

Richard Holwill, Ambassador

Jimmy Kolker, Ambassador

Mike Kraft, SES

Frederick Martin, Maj. Gen., USAF

Carlos Martinez, Brig. Gen., USAFR

Don McGregor, Maj. Gen., USAF

Annie Pforzheimer, FSO

Gale S. Pollock, MG, USA

Charles Ray, Ambassador

Lewis S. Roach, BG, USA

Doug Silliman, Ambassador

Guy Walsh, Brig. Gen., USAF

Peggy Wilmoth, MG, USA

Stephen Xenakis, BG, USA

American Values