National Security Action
National Security Action is a progressive advocacy group launched in February 2018 to counter president Trump's foreign policy and national security agenda.
Formed to Help Democrats beat President Trump
The Daily Caller explained that National Security Action was formed to "focus efforts" on "several key 2018 midterm races."
- "The largely center-left coalition intends to serve as an advisory group for Democratic politicians interested in countering Republican messaging on national security issues. It is expected to soon announce several key 2018 midterm races where it will focus efforts, reports the Washington Post.
- “There was a need for connective tissue,” Sherman told WaPo. “It’s connecting all the progressive groups and citizens that are very concerned about America’s place in the world, about our leadership in the world and that are very concerned about the institutions that ensure the rule of law in the world and our security and prosperity.”
Some excerpts from the National Security Action's "Our Focus" page:
- "Under President Trump’s reckless leadership, the United States is weaker in the world, less safe, and more isolated. He is retreating from the world stage, undercutting the intelligence and law enforcement agencies that keep us safe, undermining the diplomacy that prevents wars, insulting our allies, attacking democratic traditions, and cozying up to dictators while abandoning America’s commitment to universal rights and human dignity. His outbursts on Twitter are destabilizing abroad and beneath the dignity of the highest office in our land. Impulsive, erratic, and staggeringly ignorant of how the world works, Trump is unfit to lead our men and women in uniform, and he diminishes our country’s standing in the eyes of the world.
- "President Trump is dismantling the sources of our strength in the world, making the United States less safe and putting Americans at risk. Instead of ending America’s wars, he is miring our military deeper in foreign conflicts with no strategy or plans to wind them down. He is driving out the diplomats and development professionals who keep the peace and advance our prosperity. He attacks the men and women of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies who keep us safe. His anti-Muslim fear-mongering and ban on travelers from Muslim nations plays into terrorist propaganda and serves as a terrorist recruitment tool.
- We believe that we are stronger and safer when we deploy our men and women in uniform wisely—only as a last resort and with a clear plan for success.
- We believe that conflicts are less likely when we fully fund our State Department and development agencies.
- We believe that we should support—not undermine—our law enforcement and intelligence professionals who keep us safe.
- We believe that climate change is an urgent national security challenge that must be confronted with American leadership.
- We believe that instead of embracing isolationism, we should forge economic partnerships to open markets, create jobs at home, and promote American innovation and industry.
- "By retreating into nationalism, isolationism, unilateralism, and xenophobia, President Trump is surrendering America’s hard-won leadership in the world, isolating us from our allies, emboldening our adversaries, and weakening the United States as a global power. From Europe to Asia, our closest allies question whether they can count on the United States in a time of crisis and as a stabilizing force in a dangerous world. President Trump’s erratic behavior has raised the risk of a catastrophic conflict with North Korea, and his threat to undo the nuclear deal with Iran invites another nuclear crisis or war in the Middle East. By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and international bodies—often over the objections of his own national security team—he cedes the mantle of global stewardship to competitors like China that do not share our interests or values.
- "With every half-truth and outright lie from the White House, the Trump administration relinquishes the credibility that the Commander-in-Chief must be able to call upon during times of crisis. Around the world, confidence in the United States has reached historic lows during Trump’s first year. Studies show that, for the first time, more people now respect China’s leadership than ours. “America First” is America Alone.
- "National Security Action believes that the best way to advance our security and prosperity is through strong, principled U.S. leadership in the world.
- "No ally or adversary should ever doubt America’s resolve or the words of our president.
- "We are safer when we stand united with allies and partners who are the frontline of our own defense.
- "We enhance our security and strengthen our economy when we have a seat at the table and rally the world to address global challenges together, from the spread of nuclear weapons to trade to climate change. Not long ago, the United States was the leader of the free world. We must be so again.
- "With his attacks on our democratic institutions, President Trump has betrayed our founding ideals—upheld by Republican and Democratic presidents before him—among them our Constitutional freedoms, the rule of law, and support for universal values. At home, he endangers a free press by targeting journalists, threatens the rule of law by attacking judges and the FBI, and tries to evade accountability by interfering in investigations. Betraying our heritage as a nation that welcomes people from all over the world, he has slammed America’s doors to striving immigrants and desperate refugees and threatened hundreds of thousands of families and young people with deportation. Around the world, his eager embrace of autocrats and his deafening silence on human rights give repressive regimes a green light to deny freedom, stifle dissent, and persecute the innocent.
- "National Security Action works to ensure that America endures as a beacon of opportunity, dignity, and hope to people around the world.
- "Fidelity to our founding ideals—upholding freedom of religion, speech, and the press—is what makes us exceptional and is what gives hope to citizens around the world who seek their own dignity.
- "We reject the false choice between welcoming immigrants and refugees and ensuring our security. We can and must do both.
- "Enabling or excusing oppression abroad today only fuels the injustices and instability that endanger us all tomorrow. Americans deserve a president who makes us proud, represents the best of our nation around the world, and inspires others to stand with us.
- "By hiding his tax returns and making money off his businesses while negotiating with foreign governments that enrich him, President Trump and his family appear to be profiting off the presidency and putting their own financial interests ahead of America’s national security.
- "Instead of confronting Vladimir Putin over his brazen and ongoing attack on our democracy, Trump bows to the whims of Moscow while undermining legitimate investigations into his own hidden financial interests. Instead of standing up to China, the Trump family businesses received special deals after Trump met with the Chinese president. In the Middle East, Trump and his family have advanced Saudi interests instead of our national interest.
- "National Security Action works to expose Trump’s flagrant conflicts of interest and shameless nepotism that sacrifice our security to the highest bidder.
- "Americans deserve leaders who are honest, trustworthy, and who abide by the rule of law. Nobody—not even the president—is above the law, and those who violate the Constitution or commit crimes must be held accountable.
- "We also work with Congress to do what President Trump and his party won’t: confront Russia for its continuing assault on our democracy and build our defenses to protect our nation against violations of our sovereignty.
- Wally Adeyemo served as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics (2015-2017). He is a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
- Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Barnett served as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and the Pentagon's Director of Naval Education and Training.
- Jeremy Bash served as Chief of Staff of the CIA (2009-2011) and Defense Department (2011-2013).
- Rand Beers served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor (2014-2015).
- Representative Howard Berman served as a Member of Congress (1983-2013).
- Tony Blinken served as Deputy Secretary of State (2015-2017) and as Deputy National Security Advisor (2013-2015). He is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and a Co-Founder of WestExec Advisors.
- Mike Breen is President and CEO of the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project.
- Ambassador Reuben Brigety II served as the Representative of the United States to the African Union (2013-2015).
- Ambassador Nicholas Burns served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008). He is currently the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
- Ambassador Bill Burns is President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He most recently served as Deputy Secretary of State (2011-2014).
- Kurt Campbell served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific (2009-2013). He is the Chairman of the Center for a New American Security.
- Joseph Cirincione is President of the Ploughshares Fund.
- Brian Deese served as a Senior Advisor to President Obama (2015-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
- Tom Donilon most recently served as National Security Advisor (2010-2013).
- Mieke Eoyang is the Vice President for the National Security Program at Third Way.
- Katie Fallon served as White House Legislative Director (2013-2016).
- Dan Feldman served as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2014-2015).
- Jon Finer served as Director of Policy Planning and Chief of Staff at the State Department (2016-2017).
- Michele Flournoy most recently served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009-2012). She co-founded the Center for a New American Security and WestExec Advisors.
- Mark Gallogly served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2013). He is a Managing Principal of Centerbridge Partners.
- Suzy George served as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council staff (2014-2017).
- Phil Gordon served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2009-13) and Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf (2013-15).
- Avril Haines served as Deputy National Security Advisor (2015-2017) and as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2013-2015). She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School.
- Dr. Kathleen Hicks served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009-2013). She is a Senior Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
- Dr. Colin Kahl served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden (2014-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Strategic Consultant at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
- Juliette Kayyem served as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intergovernmental Affairs (2009-2010). She is the Faculty Chair, Homeland Security Program, at Harvard's Kennedy School.
- Harold Hongju Koh served as the State Department Legal Adviser (2009-2013). He is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
- Kelly Magsamen is Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2014-2017).
- Alejandro Mayorkas served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (2013-2016).
- Denis McDonough served as White House Chief of Staff (2013-2017). He is Senior Principal with the Markle Foundation.
- Eric Mindich is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Eton Park Capital Management.
- Cecilia Munoz most recently served as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council (2012-2017). She is Vice President, Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America.
- Scott Nathan served as Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget (2015-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
- Tom Nides served as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (2011-2013).
- Jim O’Brien served as Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs (2015-2017).
- Matt Olsen served as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (2011-2014).
- Maria Otero served as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (2009-2013).
- Tom Perriello served as a Member of Congress (2009-2011) and as Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Congo-Kinshasa (2015-2016).
- Ambassador Samantha Power served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2013-2017).
- Jen Psaki served as White House Communications Director (2015-2017). She is the Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
- Penny Pritzker served as Secretary of Commerce (2013-2017). She is the Chairman and Founder of PSP Partners.
- Steve Ricchetti served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden (2013-2017). He is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
- Ambassador Susan Rice most recently served as National Security Advisor (2013-2017). She currently is a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at American University and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center.
- Ambassador Cathy Russell served as the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues (2013-2017).
- Ambassador Dan Shapiro served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel (2011-2017).
- Ambassador Wendy Sherman most recently served as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (2011-2015). She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
- Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Energy (2014-2017). She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
- Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter served as the Director of Policy Planning for the State Department (2009-2011). She is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
- Julie Smith served as Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden (2012-2013). She directs the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.
- Jim Steinberg served as Deputy Secretary of State (2009-2011). He is a professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
- Mona Sutphen served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (2009-2011).
- Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield served as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs (2013-2017).
- Ambassador Richard Verma served as U.S. Ambassador to India (2014-2017).
- Ben Wikler is the Washington Director of MoveOn.org.
- Jeff Prescott, Executive Director. Jeff served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for National Security Affairs, Senior Director for the Middle East on the National Security Council, and as Deputy National Security Advisor and senior Asia advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. He is a Senior Fellow of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and a graduate of Yale Law School.
- Rebecca Brocato, Director of Strategy and Government Affairs. Rebecca served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Legislative Affairs and on the National Security Council staff. She worked previously at the State Department and as an aide to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). She began her career as a researcher in West and Central Africa.
- Ned Price, Director of Policy and Communications. Ned served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for National Security Affairs and as the National Security Council Spokesperson. He previously was a senior analyst at the CIA and currently is an NBC News Analyst and Contributor and Lecturer at George Washington University.
- Whitney Milam, Digital Associate. Whitney most recently was Associate Director of Digital Communications at the Atlantic Council. She is a graduate of UCLA.
- Ashley Wood, Research Associate. Ashley most recently worked at Edelman and previously interned at Hillary for America. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with additional study at Peking University and [[Beijing Foreign Studies University\\.
- Caroline Tess, Senior Advisor. Caroline served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs on the National Security Council.
- John Bisognano, Senior Advisor. John is a veteran of the past three presidential campaigns and served as the White House Liaison for national security, labor and progressive groups in the Obama White House. John also serves as the Director of Campaigns and State Outreach at the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
- Ariana Berengaut, Senior Advisor. Ariana served as Speechwriter to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
- Andrew Cedar, Senior Advisor. Andrew served as Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council and as a Senior Advisor at the State Department (2009-2013).