To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
• Be a United States citizen
• Be between 25-32 years of age
• Possess a Bachelor's Degree
• Have at least three years of professional experience in researching and/or executing U.S. national security policy
• Demonstrate a commitment to public service
Please note: CNAS seeks a diverse group of applicants and encourages active duty members of the military to apply for the program. CNAS understands that most of the participants will be employed full-time, but expects the Next Generation Leaders to attend and participate in all events. Please note that this is a time-consuming program. Efforts will be made to schedule events in such a way so as to reduce conflicts for the participants.
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 it is now accepting applications for the third annual Next Generation National Security Leaders Program 2011-2012.
For the third successive year, CNAS will gather a bipartisan group of future national security leaders to participate in a series of frank and open discussions on immediate and long-term U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges with the goal of developing a shared understanding of the nation's security interests and international priorities. During the program, Next Generation Leaders will engage with influential figures in the national security field in a series of candid discussions on several of the most pressing issues facing the United States.
Past topics have included the re-emergence of China and the future of East Asia, American interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Natural Security (the intersection of national security and natural resource scarcity, energy and climate change), and the effects of the economic crisis on national security. Next Generation Leaders will also have the opportunity to contribute to collaborative writing projects with their colleagues, participate in a variety of private, CNAS-hosted events, off-site visits and meetings, and potentially travel internationally.
The 2011-2012 program will be led by CNAS President John Nagl, a retired armor officer in the U.S. Army and a member of the Defense Policy Board, 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 will be accepted now through September 1, 2011.