Dr. William A. Saxton
Chairman

Saxton PhotoEducated and trained at both MIT (S.M.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.), Dr. Saxton has had extensive involvement in the United States Department of Defense and intelligence arenas. He has been a NASA consultant, headed research projects under assignment to the US Army, participated in programs related to strategic cooperation between the US and Middle East countries, and worked in the intelligence community. He is President of Friends of Intelligence Practitioners, and a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers. Among his notable achievements in the Middle East, he conceived and directed a program to bring cadets and midshipmen from US military academies to Israel to learn about the region and meet their counterparts. Dr. Saxton also has broad experience in coordinating and operating seminars and conferences on both regional and national levels. He created the first-ever computer/IT conference for Federal government and the first Federal Office Automation Conference; and, founded and chaired the highly successful National Intelligence Conference (INTELCON) that was held in Washington, DC in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Peter Leitner
Director of Research

Leitner-PhotoDr. Leitner's career includes 31 years in federal government, 21 of them in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as senior strategic trade advisor. He has provided intelligence and anti-terrorism training to thousands of state and local investigators, law enforcement personnel, the CIA, FBI, Marine Corps and other national agencies through the Higgins Counterterrorism Research Center that he founded. Dr. Leitner, who holds a Ph.D. from USC, and four Master degrees, has served on the faculties of University of Northern Virginia, Mount Vernon College, Southeastern University, and George Mason University in its National Center for Biodefense; and, been a Senior Fellow with George Washington University's Center for Advanced Defense Studies, and Advisor on Terrorism with New York University's Law School. He is President of the Washington Center for Peace and Justice, a member of the Center for Security Policy's Military Advisory Committee, and former President of Maxwell USA, a multinational pharmaceutical firm.

S. Peter Lebowitz
Vice-Chairman

Lebowitz-PhotoAfter serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Mr. Lebowitz embarked on a 40-year career in the apparel industry, beginning with formal schooling in marketing at Johns Hopkins University. Subsequently, he held major positions in the retail and manufacturing sectors, culminating as Chairman and CEO of an international company with sales offices in 54 countries. He attributes much of his career success to training and experience as a motivational speaker. By combining his ability to communicate in this manner with a major commitment to reach out to others on national security issues that he studies and tracks extensively, he has earned a reputation for being an erudite commentator on those subjects.

 

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

S. Peter Lebowitz, Vice-Chairman
Russell J. DiPerna
Mark Dorf
Dr. Stephen Gerzof
James Landon
Don Levine
Nick Messerschmidt
Dr. Gary Newman
Morton Singerman
Debbie Love, Director of Planning and Administration

ADVISORY GROUP

(members to date)

Dr. Walid Phares
Co-Secretary General
Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism

Dr. Daniel Pipes
Eminent Middle East historian,
Founder of Middle East Forum

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser
Founder and President,
American Islamic Forum for Democracy

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