American Security Project

American Security Project
(2007; Washington; 4 staff, ~60 Fellows;

A “nonpartisan organization created to educate the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in the 21st Century.” Their goal is to “forge bipartisan consensus on a new national security strategy that will restore America’s leadership and ensure” their “vision for security in the 21st century by developing and sharing new ideas and critical analyses on the most important national security issues”.


  • The Consensus for American Security – an initiative of influential military and national security leaders who have come together to provide mechanisms in order to create long-term consensus around the big strategic national security issues.
  • Business Council for American Security – An exclusive gathering of leading firms across industry aligned in their support of a broad definition of American national security for the 21st century.


  • American Competitiveness – “Our ability to compete in a global economy, attract the world’s brightest workers and nurture a functional political system is slipping.This weakness is now at a point where it threatens to erode the pillars upon which America’s national security rests.”
  • American Security & The Oceans “The Oceans A ‘Common Heritage of Mankind.’ They play an important role in our Nation’s transportation, economy, and trade, and they are critical to the global mobility of our Armed Forces. The oceans and the seas are a key part of the maintenance of international peace and security.”
  • Asymmetric Operations – “United States faces many challenges around the world that are complex because they are asymmetric in nature. Asymmetric challenges are those where the different players and components have different interests, resources, and capabilities, but nevertheless interact in complex ways to make policy extremely difficult.”
  • Climate Security – “Climate change is scientific fact; it is real and poses a clear and present danger not only to the United States but to the entire world. Its effects on our domestic agriculture, infrastructure, economy and public health necessitate straightforward analysis and understanding.”
  • Energy Security – “For the United States, energy use is a security issue.Analytically, ‘energy security’ is difficult to quantify. President Jimmy Carter defined energy security in a 1977 speech as “independence of economic and political action” in international affairs. The United States should be able to define its interests overseas independently from how it uses energy domestically.”
  • Fusion Energy – “Fusion is energy released by forcing atomic nuclei together—the same process that powers the sun. The primary fuel for fusion is derived from ordinary water. Electricity produced from fusion will be safe and clean. It offers hope for an ideal energy source, both in terms of our security and our environment.”
  • National Security & Space – “At present the Unites States is reliant on Russian rocket engines to launch our reconnaissance satellites.Not only does this reliance have direct implications for our national security launch capabilities, it also means we are funding Russian space and missile technology, while we could be investing in US based jobs and the defense industrial base. The American Security Project is examining these key issues, educating the public and policy makers of the implications of our present approach as well as suggesting ways to further enhance our national security.”
  • National Security Strategy – “We live in a time when the threats to our security are as complex and diverse as terrorism, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, climate change, failing states and economic decline.Many of these national challenges will require responses that go beyond military might and utilize all the tools at our disposal. The American Security Project is leading the development of a new national security vision and strategy that will create a New American Arsenal for the twenty-first century that is responsive to the challenges and opportunities we face as a country.”
  • Nuclear Security – “The spread of nuclear weapons and increasing numbers of nuclear forces worldwide represents the greatest danger to mankind. Since President Eisenhower first proposed an Open Skies Treaty with the Soviet Union, successive American presidents have sought to advance U.S. nuclear security through international treaties and agreements to reduce the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and to create strategic stability.”
  • Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication – “American Security Project defines public diplomacy as communication and relationship building with foreign publics for the purpose of achieving a foreign policy objective.”
  • U.S.-Russia Relationship -“With the exception of major arms control agreements like New Start, the course of US-Russia relations over the past 20 years has spiraled in the wrong direction. America needs a new plan to steer relations with Russia towards the right course. A comprehensive and effective strategy will deter Russian aggression, encourage it to contribute positively to international norms, and build closer ties between the people of Russia and the United States.”


Leadership: Former Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney (CEO)
Budget: ~$630k

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