October 15, 2020 | Press Release

FDD Announces New Class for Its 2021 National Security Fellows Program

October 15, 2020 | Press Release

FDD Announces New Class for Its 2021 National Security Fellows Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 15, 2020 – The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) announced its class of 2021 National Security Fellows. The class comprises bipartisan, mid-career national security practitioners with a wide range of experience in government, the military, journalism, and the private sector.

FDD’s National Security Fellows Program (NSFP) provides exclusive opportunities to mid-career national security professionals, combining mentorship by FDD experts with year-long programming that includes off-the-record conversations with high-level government officials, policy experts, and ambassadors; leadership development skill-building workshops; and networking opportunities. The fellows discuss pressing national security issues, such as global terrorist networks, cyber warfare, great power competition, and the U.S. role in the Middle East, and they participate in practical skill-building workshops.

This year’s class includes congressional staffers, executive branch officials, members of the military, national security attorneys, consultants, and experts from think tanks. They join FDD’s distinct National Security Alumni Network community of nearly 500 mid-career national security practitioners.

“We are proud to welcome this exceptionally talented group of bipartisan national security practitioners into our fellows program and national security community,” said FDD’s Founder and President Clifford D. May. “The members of this year’s class come from diverse professional and political backgrounds, and each fellow has a commitment to U.S. leadership and national security. Investing in mid-career national security practitioners is a key component of FDD’s strategic mission, and we look forward to providing them with opportunities that will help them rise through the ranks in their careers.”

More information about FDD’s NSFP can be found at https://www.fdd.org/national-security-fellows-program/  

2021 National Security Fellows

  1. John-Paul Adrian, U.S. Air Force
  2. Jason Baker, U.S. Air Force
  3. Tiffany Batiste, U.S. Army
  4. Meghan Biery, U.S. Department of Commerce
  5. Trace Biskin, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  6. Caroline Brown, Crowell & Moring
  7. Rebecca Burgess, American Enterprise Institute
  8. Brigid Calhoun, U.S. Army
  9. Joseph Clark, U.S. Air Force
  10. Hunter Deeley, U.S. Department of Justice
  11. Peter Feldman, Dentons U.S.
  12. Candice Frost, U.S. Army
  13. Benton Gammons, U.S. National Guard
  14. Emmanuel Gfoeller-Volkoff, U.S. Army
  15. Steven Haines, U.S. Department of State
  16. Andrew Hardy, U.S. Air Force
  17. Nick Harlambakis, Amazon Web Services
  18. Sheila Helke, U.S. Department of Justice
  19. Omar Hossino, House Republican Study Committee
  20. Matthew Jenkins, U.S. Air Force
  21. Rebecca Law, Research Innovations
  22. Shaun Lee, U.S. Air Force
  23. Abby Lorfeld, U.S. Navy
  24. Tim Maurer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  25. Tony Morash, Lockheed Martin
  26. Charlie Murphy, U.S. Air Force
  27. Drew Nickels, U.S. Department of Energy
  28. Thomas Pledger, U.S. Army National Guard
  29. Daniel Punaro, U.S. Army Reserves
  30. Carri Salas, U.S. Air Force
  31. Shira Siegel, Office of Representative Elaine Luria (D-VA)
  32. Nicholas Starr, U.S. Marine Corps
  33. Shestin Thomas, Office of Representative Bill Keating (D-MA)
  34. Kay Wakatake, U.S. Army
  35. Riley Walters, The Heritage Foundation
  36. Brittany Weightman, U.S. Army
  37. Thomas Williams, U.S. Army

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