National Security Education Board

The 14-member National Security Education Board was established as part of NSEP, prescribed in the National Security Education Act of 1991, P.L. 102-183, December 1991, as amended. The National Security Education Board provides strategic consultation, as outlined in 50 U.S.C 1903. Oversight for the National Security Education Program is provided by the National Security Education Board, which meets "to review and make recommendations based on program mission and objectives.”

The National Security Education Board is comprised of six Presidential appointees, representatives at the Department of Defense, as well as representatives from seven additional Cabinet-level departments. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OSD/P&R) provides policy oversight to NSEP. Collectively the Board advises on NSEP’s administration.

The National Security Education Board’s Presidentially-appointed members include experts from non-profit organizations and academia. The Board provides value to NSEP by ensuring that its programs remain focused on efforts that serve the broad national security interests of the United States.

The National Security Education Board’s eight Cabinet-level members include representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The 2020 National Security Education Board members are as follows:

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES

 

Ms. Martha Abbott, Former Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

 

Dr. Reuben Brigety, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of the South, Sewanee (U.S. Ambassador, ret.)

 

Ms. Suzanne George, Chief Operating Officer, ONE

 

 

FEDERAL REPRESENTATION

 

U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Thomas Constable, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness (Board Chair)

 

Dr. Michael Nugent, Director, Defense Language and National Security Education Office (Designated Federal Official)

 

U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Ruben Pedroza, Director, ITA Human Capital (People), International Trade Administration

 

U.S. Department of Education

Ms. Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs

 

U.S. Department of Energy

Vacant

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Matthew Emrich, Associate Director, Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate

 

U.S. Department of State

Ms. Caroline Casagrande, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

 

The National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Claudia Kinkela, Senior Program Officer, Division of Research Programs

 

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Ms. Sherry Van Sloun, Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Human Capital

 

The current membership of National Security Education Board is available for download.