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COMMITTED TO RESTORING PRINCIPLED AMERICAN LEADERSHIP— AT HOME AND ABROAD

OUR MISSION

National Security Action is dedicated to advancing American global leadership and opposing the reckless policies of the Trump administration that endanger our national security and undermine U.S. strength in the world.

NATIONAL SECURITY ACTION IS COMMITTED TO:

  • Bringing together and mobilizing an unparalleled network of former senior officials and policy experts, academics, and civil society leaders who are dedicated to a progressive vision of American global leadership.
  • Shining a bright light on the Trump administration’s reckless policies, underscoring their dangerous consequences, and equipping Americans with the arguments to counter them.
  • Developing compelling messaging and communications strategies—serving as a bridge between the policy and political worlds—to shape the national security debates taking place in Washington and around the country.
  • Serving as a resource for allies in Congress, grassroots organizations, and emerging leaders in Washington and across the country who share our vision, values, and sense of purpose.
  • Building a strong, unified, progressive opposition to the Trump administration’s dangerous policies, which are making the United States less safe and diminishing our standing and influence in the world.

A MOMENT OF ALARM AND ACTION

Under President Trump’s reckless leadership, the United States is weaker in the world, less safe, and more isolated. He is retreating from the world stage, undercutting the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that keep us safe, undermining the diplomacy that prevents wars, insulting our allies, attacking democratic traditions, and cozying up to dictators while abandoning America’s commitment to universal rights and human dignity. His outbursts on Twitter are destabilizing abroad and beneath the dignity of the highest office in our land. Impulsive, erratic, and staggeringly ignorant of how the world works, Trump is unfit to lead our men and women in uniform, and he diminishes our country’s standing in the eyes of the world.

The United States is stronger, safer, and more respected in the world when we use our power wisely, stand strong with allies and partners, pursue principled diplomacy, and remain true to the values that have long defined us at home and abroad.

Americans deserve a president and Commander-in-Chief who is disciplined, level-headed, trustworthy, and who respects the democratic traditions and institutions that have made the United States secure at home and a beacon around the world. Our president should make us proud, and we should never feel ashamed by his or her conduct.


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LEADING WITH OUR STRENGTHS

President Trump is dismantling the sources of our strength in the world, making the United States less safe and putting Americans at risk. Instead of ending America’s wars, he is miring our military deeper in foreign conflicts with no strategy or plans to wind them down. He is driving out the diplomats and development professionals who keep the peace and advance our prosperity. He attacks the men and women of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies who keep us safe. His anti-Muslim fear-mongering and ban on travelers from Muslim nations plays into terrorist propaganda and serves as a terrorist recruitment tool.

National Security Action advances a broad vision of American leadership that draws on all sources of American strength.

  • We believe that we are stronger and safer when we deploy our men and women in uniform wisely—only as a last resort and with a clear plan for success.
  • We believe that conflicts are less likely when we fully fund our State Department and development agencies.
  • We believe that we should support—not undermine—our law enforcement and intelligence professionals who keep us safe.
  • We believe that climate change is an urgent national security challenge that must be confronted with American leadership.
  • We believe that instead of embracing isolationism, we should forge economic partnerships to open markets, create jobs at home, and promote American innovation and industry.
  • Rather than scapegoating others for their faith, we believe we can and should keep our country safe while honoring our Constitution and founding ideals.

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RESTORING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP

By retreating into nationalism, isolationism, unilateralism, and xenophobia, President Trump is surrendering America’s hard-won leadership in the world, isolating us from our allies, emboldening our adversaries, and weakening the United States as a global power. From Europe to Asia, our closest allies question whether they can count on the United States in a time of crisis and as a stabilizing force in a dangerous world. President Trump’s erratic behavior has raised the risk of a catastrophic conflict with North Korea, and his threat to undo the nuclear deal with Iran invites another nuclear crisis or war in the Middle East. By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and international bodies—often over the objections of his own national security team—he cedes the mantle of global stewardship to competitors like China that do not share our interests or values.

With every half-truth and outright lie from the White House, the Trump administration relinquishes the credibility that the Commander-in-Chief must be able to call upon during times of crisis. Around the world, confidence in the United States has reached historic lows during Trump’s first year. Studies show that, for the first time, more people now respect China’s leadership than ours. “America First” is America Alone.

National Security Action believes that the best way to advance our security and prosperity is through strong, principled U.S. leadership in the world.

  • No ally or adversary should ever doubt America’s resolve or the words of our president.
  • We are safer when we stand united with allies and partners who are the frontline of our own defense.
  • We enhance our security and strengthen our economy when we have a seat at the table and rally the world to address global challenges together, from the spread of nuclear weapons to trade to climate change. Not long ago, the United States was the leader of the free world. We must be so again.

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REMAINING TRUE TO OUR VALUES

With his attacks on our democratic institutions, President Trump has betrayed our founding ideals—upheld by Republican and Democratic presidents before him—among them our Constitutional freedoms, the rule of law, and support for universal values. At home, he endangers a free press by targeting journalists, threatens the rule of law by attacking judges and the FBI, and tries to evade accountability by interfering in investigations. Betraying our heritage as a nation that welcomes people from all over the world, he has slammed America’s doors to striving immigrants and desperate refugees and threatened hundreds of thousands of families and young people with deportation. Around the world, his eager embrace of autocrats and his deafening silence on human rights give repressive regimes a green light to deny freedom, stifle dissent, and persecute the innocent.

National Security Action works to ensure that America endures as a beacon of opportunity, dignity, and hope to people around the world.

  • Fidelity to our founding ideals—upholding freedom of religion, speech, and the press—is what makes us exceptional and is what gives hope to citizens around the world who seek their own dignity.
  • We reject the false choice between welcoming immigrants and refugees and ensuring our security. We can and must do both.
  • Enabling or excusing oppression abroad today only fuels the injustices and instability that endanger us all tomorrow. Americans deserve a president who makes us proud, represents the best of our nation around the world, and inspires others to stand with us.

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EXPOSING CORRUPTION

By hiding his tax returns and making money off his businesses while negotiating with foreign governments that enrich him, President Trump and his family appear to be profiting off the presidency and putting their own financial interests ahead of America’s national security.

Instead of confronting Vladimir Putin over his brazen and ongoing attack on our democracy, Trump bows to the whims of Moscow while undermining legitimate investigations into his own hidden financial interests. Instead of standing up to China, the Trump family businesses received special deals after Trump met with the Chinese president. In the Middle East, Trump and his family have advanced Saudi interests instead of our national interest.

National Security Action works to expose Trump’s flagrant conflicts of interest and shameless nepotism that sacrifice our security to the highest bidder.

  • Americans deserve leaders who are honest, trustworthy, and who abide by the rule of law. Nobody—not even the president—is above the law, and those who violate the Constitution or commit crimes must be held accountable.
  • We also work with Congress to do what President Trump and his party won’t: confront Russia for its continuing assault on our democracy and build our defenses to protect our nation against violations of our sovereignty.

We are Americans—former senior officials and policy experts, academics and civil society leaders—who have seen first-hand how the United States is stronger, safer and more respected in the world when we stand strong with our allies, pursue principled diplomacy, and stay true to the values that have long defined America at home and abroad.

CO-CHAIRS

Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes

National Security Action Co-Chair

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Jake Sullivan

Jake Sullivan

National Security Action Co-Chair

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Wally Adeyemo

Wally Adeyemo

Wally Adeyemo served as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics (2015-2017).  He is a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Jamie Barnett

Jamie Barnett

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Barnett served as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and the Pentagon’s Director of Naval Education and Training.

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Jeremy Bash

Jeremy Bash

Jeremy Bash served as Chief of Staff of the CIA (2009-2011) and Defense Department (2011-2013).

Rand Beers

Rand Beers

Rand Beers served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor (2014-2015).

Howard Berman

Howard Berman

Representative Howard Berman served as a Member of Congress (1983-2013).

Tony Blinken

Tony Blinken

Tony Blinken served as Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017) and as Deputy National Security Advisor (2013-2015). He is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and a Co-Founder of WestExec Advisors.

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Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer served as a U.S. Senator (1993-2017) and previously as a U.S. Representative (1983-1993) from the state of California.

Mike Breen

Mike Breen

Mike Breen is President and CEO of the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project.

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Reuben Brigety II

Reuben Brigety II

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety served as the Representative of the United States to the African Union (2013-2015).

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Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks served as Counselor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Ambassador Nicholas Burns served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008). He is currently the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Bill Burns

Bill Burns

Ambassador Bill Burns is President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He most recently served as Deputy Secretary of State (2011-2014).

Kurt Campbell

Kurt Campbell

Kurt Campbell served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific (2009-2013). He is the Chairman of the Center for a New American Security.

Joe Cirincione

Joe Cirincione

Joe Cirincione is President of the Ploughshares Fund.

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Thomas Daschle

Thomas Daschle

Senator Daschle is Chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for American Progress, Vice-Chair for the National Democratic Institute and a co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Brian Deese

Brian Deese

Brian Deese served as a Senior Advisor to President Obama (2015-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Tom Donilon

Tom Donilon

Tom Donilon most recently served as National Security Advisor (2010-2013).

Mieke Eoyang

Mieke Eoyang

Mieke Eoyang is the Vice President for the National Security Program at Third Way.

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Katie Fallon

Katie Fallon

Katie Fallon served as White House Legislative Director (2013-2016).

Dan Feldman

Dan Feldman

Dan Feldman served as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2014-2015).

Jon Finer

Jon Finer

Jon Finer served as Director of Policy Planning and Chief of Staff at the State Department (2016-2017).

Michele Flournoy

Michele Flournoy

Michele Flournoy most recently served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009-2012). She co-founded the Center for a New American Security and WestExec Advisors.

Mark Gallogly

Mark Gallogly

Mark Gallogly served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2013). He is a Managing Principal of Centerbridge Partners.

Suzy George

Suzy George

Suzy George served as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council staff (2014-2017).

Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon

Phil Gordon served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2009-13) and Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf (2013-15).  

Nina Hachigian

Nina Hachigian

From 2014 to 2017, Ambassador Hachigian served as the second U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Avril Haines

Avril Haines

Avril Haines served as Deputy National Security Advisor (2015-2017) and as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2013-2015). She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School.

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks

Dr. Kathleen Hicks served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009-2013). She is a Senior Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Heather Hurlburt

Heather Hurlburt

Heather Hurlburt directs the New Models of Policy Change initiative at New America. She served at the State Department, Congressional Helsinki Commission, and as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Clinton.

Dana Hyde

Dana Hyde

Dana Hyde served as the CEO of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (2014-2017).

Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl

Dr. Colin Kahl served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden (2014-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Strategic Consultant at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

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Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem served as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intergovernmental Affairs (2009-2010). She is the Faculty Chair, Homeland Security Program, at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

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Harold Hongju Koh

Harold Hongju Koh

Harold Hongju Koh served as the State Department Legal Adviser (2009-2013). He is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.

 

Kelly Magsamen

Kelly Magsamen

Kelly Magsamen is Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2014-2017).

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Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (2013-2016).

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff (2013-2017). He is Senior Principal with the Markle Foundation.

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Eric Mindich

Eric Mindich

Eric Mindich is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Eton Park Capital Management.

Cecilia Muñoz

Cecilia Muñoz

Cecilia Muñoz most recently served as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council (2012-2017). She is Vice President, Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America.

Scott Nathan

Scott Nathan

Scott Nathan served as Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget (2015-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Tom Nides

Tom Nides

Tom Nides served as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (2011-2013).

Jim O’Brien

Jim O’Brien

Jim O’Brien served as Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs (2015-2017).

Matt Olsen

Matt Olsen

Matt Olsen served as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (2011-2014).

Maria Otero

Maria Otero

Maria Otero served as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (2009-2013).

Tom Perriello

Tom Perriello

Tom Perriello served as a Member of Congress (2009-2011) and as Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Congo-Kinshasa (2015-2016).

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Samantha Power

Samantha Power

Ambassador Samantha Power served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2013-2017).

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Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki

Jen Psaki served as White House Communications Director (2015-2017). She is the Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker served as Secretary of Commerce (2013-2017). She is the Chairman and Founder of PSP Partners. 

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Steve Ricchetti

Steve Ricchetti

Steve Ricchetti served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden (2013-2017). He is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

Susan Rice

Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan E. Rice most recently served as National Security Advisor (2013-2017). She currently is a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at American University and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center.

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Cathy Russell

Cathy Russell

.Ambassador Cathy Russell served as the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (2013-2017).

Dan Shapiro

Dan Shapiro

Ambassador Dan Shapiro served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel (2011-2017).

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Wendy R. Sherman

Wendy R. Sherman

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman most recently served as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (2011-2015). She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Energy (2014-2017). She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter served as the Director of Policy Planning for the State Department (2009-2011). She is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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Julie Smith

Julie Smith

Julie Smith served as Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden (2012-2013). She directs the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

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Jim Steinberg

Jim Steinberg

Jim Steinberg served as Deputy Secretary of State (2009-2011). He is a professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

Todd Stern

Todd Stern

Todd Stern served as the Special Envoy for Climate Change (2009-2016).

Mona Sutphen

Mona Sutphen

Mona Sutphen served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (2009-2011).

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield served as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs (2013-2017).

Richard Verma

Richard Verma

Ambassador Richard Verma served as U.S. Ambassador to India (2014-2017).

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