CENSA Membership

Why Should I Become a Member?

  • Join a network of diverse and institutionally dispersed members focused on the midcareer stage
  • Attend one of our dinner series in Washington D.C., New York, London, as well as five other cities across the globe
  • Publish your work in one of our journals and help influence national security policy change

CENSA develops leaders from an international group of public sector foreign policy specialists, military officers, private sector professionals, and accomplished academics. Members have a broad range of perspectives, but all have a midcareer’s focus on actionable policy tools

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or please email the following items to contact@censa.net:

Cover letter explaining your interest in CENSA
Current CV
600-800 word writing sample

Applications for membership are considered by the Membership Committee on a quarterly basis.

The CENSA Network

Build a network of diverse and institutionally dispersed members focused on high potential individuals in the midcareer stage

CENSA develops leaders from a diverse international group of public sector foreign policy specialists, military officers, private sector professionals, and accomplished academics, all with a midcareer’s focus on actionable policy tools. Members come from a wide variety of disciplines and from a broad range of perspectives. This model fosters an on-the-ground perspective to the policy debate by creating new linkages and drawing upon field professionals who previously found policy input difficult. We subdivide our membership market into several areas:

Midcareer Backgrounds

Public Sector
Private Sector
Military Professional Services
Federal Government - Law
- Executive Branch - Finance
- Departments - Consulting
Congress Industry
NGOs and INGOs - Aerospace & Defense
State Government  

The core of traditional national security issues in the second half of the 20th century reflected a focus on unitary rational actors and their influence on levers of politics, diplomacy, and power. However, emerging and non-traditional issues have come to the forefront of the security agenda as the world has been increasingly shaped by globalization, terrorism, counter-insurgency, financial interdependence, health issues, and scientific and technological progress. The new issues cut globally across private industry and government compartmentalization, and challenge conventional institutions.

CENSA brings together a group that cuts across sectors and institutions to approach the security agenda with a wide range of analytic and practical perspectives, infused with a midcareer focus on actionable policy tools. CENSA focuses explicitly on linking together midcareer professionals across the country and across the globe and from very different sectors and institutions. As a result, CENSA’s membership composition reflects the emerging challenges facing policy makers—members come from a wide variety of disciplines, such as business, law, NGOs, the military, and information technology—and from a broad range of perspectives. CENSA provides a valuable network that consistently grows its knowledge base in the national security arena, increasing the quality membership base and providing an ever-growing communications channel that contributes to long-term leadership development and strengthens the national security discussion.

We provide opportunities for our members to interact with and learn from more experienced experts that are recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

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