The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has announced the 2012-2013 class of its Next Generation National Security Leaders program. 

The 16 individuals, who come from government, the military, academia and the private sector will primarily engage in ongoing debates with leading practitioners through the program’s regular dinner discussion series. The program also provides opportunities such as  “private CNAS events, off-site visits and meetings and potentially contribute to collaborative writing projects and travel internationally,” according to the Web site.

The program is led by John Nagl, CNAS non-resident senior fellow and Minerva Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Steve Biegun, corporate officer and vice president of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Co.

2012-2013 Next Generation National Security Leaders:

Maj. David Blair, USAF
Doctoral student, international relations, CSAF Captain’s PhD Scholar, Georgetown University

Lt. Aaron J. Casavant, USCG
Operations law attorney, Coast Guard Judge Advocate General’s Office of Maritime and International Law

Morgan Courtney
Special assistant to the special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, U.S. Department of State

Harun Dogo
Doctoral fellow, RAND Corp.

Jasmine M. El-Gamal
Country director for Syria and Lebanon, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy

Capt. Brett Gibson, ARNG
Business development manager, LivingSocial

Luke Hartig
Deputy director for counterterrorism operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

Sameer Lalwani
Pre-doctoral fellow, Institute of Security & Conflict Studies, George Washington University

Maria Mahler-Haug
Policy aide for foreign policy and national security affairs, Office of Sen. Claire McCaskill

Capt. EmilyGrace Mate, ARNG
Combat aviation brigade air operations officer, U.S. Army

Lt. Joshua Mueller, USN
Special assistant and speechwriter to Vice Adm. Michael Miller,  superintendent of the United States Naval Academy

Elizabeth Nathan
Professional staff member, U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee

Brooke Neuman
Chief of staff to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army (Ret.), McChrystal Group

Capt. Luis Perez, USMC
Instruction officer in charge, Officer Candidate School, U.S. Marine Corps

Patrick Ryan
Founder and president, Praescient Analytics

Eric Sayers
Defense policy adviser, Office of Rep. J. Randy Forbes