Building foreign policy leaders

The range of issues facing the international community today portends that the world’s security challenges will continue to grow more complex and more interdisciplinary. To effectively respond to these challenges, America and its allies must continue to expand their capacity to actively participate in policy formation and execution. The new issues we face today cut globally across private industry and our government. They challenge conventional institutions and conventional wisdom. It follows, therefore, that today’s issues require an engaged cadre of security professionals that is highly networked across disciplines and organizations, well versed and practiced in policy formation, and is capable of applying innovative solutions in multiple fields. Above all, government and private institutions alike require men and women who regularly contribute to the security dialogue.

An enormous opportunity exists for on-the-ground ambassadors who are capable of managing this change. This opportunity is best suited for midcareer professionals who are focused on national security across the spectrum of government, business, the military, and academia. These men and women exhibit substantial experience and motivation. With greater education and direct access to other experts, they can make large and enduring contributions to the national security dialogue. Unfortunately, the current structure of the policy environment does little to support collaboration and information-sharing among “midcareers”, reducing the potential for rising professionals to make an effective impact before and as they become senior practitioners.

The CENSA Mission

To improve long term national security policymaking by building a cohesive network of talented midcareer professionals across sectors, providing them with ongoing opportunities to learn real world practice from peers and experts across disciplines, and building the preeminent platform for production and distribution of quality midcareer analysis, research and op-eds into the national security community.

The CENSA Vision

The long-term objective of CENSA is to create an alliance of intellectual capital—spanning an array of industries and occupations—that will enhance U.S. security and that of our friends and allies. CENSA will continue to establish itself as an organization with superior expertise that is supremely capable of addressing rapidly emerging national security concerns.

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