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July 22, 2020. Online, USA
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The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in partnership with  Axios , presented the 14th Annual CNAS National Security Conference, The America Competes Summer Series. The conference series included interactive online sessions with innovative audience participation and engagement. This year’s events featured CNAS’ expertise on sustaining U.S. military deterrence, securing U.S. technological advantages, advancing U.S. values while countering high-tech illiberalism, strengthening U.S. national security institutions, and bolstering U.S. economic power and leadership—all while showcasing next generation leaders and ideas. Each session convened policymakers, practitioners, and analysts, as well as peers from the private sector, media, and academia. The conference’s arc featured cross-cutting initiatives and projects from the Center’s seven research programs.
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Kara Frederick

Research Associate at CNAS Technology and National Security Program
Kara Frederick is a former Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Loren DeJonge Schulman

Deputy Director of Studies at CNAS
Loren DeJonge Schulman is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow. Her research interests include national security and defense reform, civil-military relations, and democratic accountability of use of force.
Ms. Schulman most recently served in government as the Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Before returning to the White House in 2013, she was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and served as Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff from 2011–2012. Prior to that, she worked as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, first supporting the Obama administration's transition in the Department of Defense and later advising on defense strategy and budget. She began her career in government as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Ms. Schulman is a co-host of the national security podcast “Bombshell,” produced by War on the Rocks where she is a senior editor. She serves as a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and is also an affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Her commentary and research have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, and The Atlantic. Raised in Texas, she received he

Richard Fontaine

President at CNAS
Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow from 2009-12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Mr. Fontaine served as foreign policy advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently as the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Near Eastern Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2003-04. He also worked on Southeast Asian issues in the NSC’s Asian Affairs directorate.
At the State Department, Mr. Fontaine worked in the office of Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and in the department’s South Asia bureau. Mr. Fontaine began his foreign policy career as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on the Middle East and South Asia. He also spent a year teaching English in Japan.
Mr. Fontaine currently serves as Executive Director of the Trilateral Commission and has been an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Fontaine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University. He also holds a M.A. in International Affai
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