Rear Admiral James Barnett, USN (Ret) has had a distinguished career in the public and private sector. A surface warfare officer, he has over 30 years of experience in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and serving as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Among other personal awards, he has received four Legion of Merit medals.
Scott O’Meara became the Secretary of ACNSL in October 2021. A former Marine with over 35 years of service, Scott retired as a Brigadier General. He served as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations and Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operations Inherent Resolve, Director of Strategy and Plans. Brigadier General O’Meara holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. His distinguished career spans both DoD and industry where he focused on strategy development, joint and combined operational matters, and interagency coordination. He is known for leading and managing large organizations through strategic intent, aligning narrative, and presence, and influencing change through communication and collaboration.
Bob McBrien became the Treasurer of the American College of National Security Leaders in September 2021. He was a leader and innovator in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions organization, for nearly 25 years. Mr. McBrien is an authority in the employment of U.S. economic sanctions programs and was a participant in the U.S. counter-terrorism program from its 1972 inception to his retirement and in counter-narcotics programs since 1985.
His career began as a Special Attorney in the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. He moved to the Treasury Department where he worked closely with the U.S. Secret Service, Customs Service, and ATF and began his career-long involvement in the U.S. counterterrorism program and with intelligence issues. He retired in 2011 after 42 years of government service. A career Senior Executive Service member, he was the Associate Director for Global Targeting in the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Following retirement from the Treasury Department, Bob served as a contractor to the Defense Department, advising on sanctions, illicit finance, and countering threat networks. He now consults, provides expert witness services, and serves on boards of advisers to a private sector company and to the Center on Economic and Financial Power of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and was a visiting scholar on terrorism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also mentors graduate and undergraduate students at St. Louis University.
Major General Peter Cooke, USA (ret)
Chief Executive Officer:
RAMD Jamie Barnett, USN (ret)
Brigadier J. Scott O’Meara, USMC (ret)
Mr. Robert McBrien, SES (ret)
Membership Committee Chair:
Major General Mari K Eder, USA (ret)
Director of Programs:
Major General Donna Barbisch, USA (ret)
Africa Committee Chair:
Ambassador (ret) Vicki Huddleston
American Values and Norms Committee Chair:
Major General Steven J. Lepper, USAF (ret)
Asia-Pacific Committee Chair:
Brigadier General Joseph V. Medina, USMC (ret)
Partnerships and Allies Committee Chair:
Mr. Bruce Lemkin, SES (ret)
At Large Directors:
Brigadier General John Douglass, USAF (ret)
Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, USMC (ret)
Rear Admiral Mike Smith, USN (ret)
Executive Committee Chair:
Rear Admiral David Oliver, USN (ret)
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USN (ret)