Council for Emerging National Security Affairs
(1999; Washington; 26 staff;

CENSA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization striving to contribute to “the national security policy dialogue through formal discussion events, monthly teleconferences, and collaborative research projects.” It offers a membership to a “diverse, international group of public sector foreign policy specialists, military officers, private sector professionals, and accomplished academics.” This cohesive network of trained and talented mid-career professionals across various sectors is meant to produce insightful research that would enhance the security of the U.S. as well as that of its allies.


  • Provide a Unified Platform for Interdisciplinary Midcareer Input
  • Develop a cadre of highly networked leaders with strong ties across sectors and disciplines
  • Provide ongoing situation-based training and development opportunities


Leadership: Matthew R. Ryan (Executive Director)