Dear Secretary Shultz,
On behalf of the staff and Board Members of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), based here in Washington, D.C., I want to wish you a Happy Birthday on your 100th year of a successful and full life. What a wonderful and purposeful and successful life you have had – and continue to have.
We have been blessed by your membership on PSA’s Board of Advisors. We all recall your PSA-sponsored talk with Congressional staff linking clean energy and national security during a special visit to Washington in 2013. I believe that was your first visit back to The Hill since leaving Washington years earlier. We called that event “A Conversation with George Shultz”. I had the privilege on introducing you and moderating that event. I remember, in response to a question from the audience, you urged ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban treaty (CTBT); we are still not there.
I also remember, as Senator Richard G. Lugar’s foreign policy assistant, your informative testimonies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I especially remember how resolutely you supported and backed the Department’s Foreign Service and Civil Service officials at the time – and how much they welcomed and supported you as the Department’s CEO.
As you may know, PSA continues our efforts to promote a bipartisan, fact-based approach to the conduct of American foreign and national security policy. We have created, arguably, the best Congressional Staff program in the country. Promoting and building a base for bipartisanship in Congress has never been an easy challenge, but by including your name on our letterhead, PSA’s efforts have been infused with visibility, credibility, and significance. PSA deeply appreciates your service on our Board of Advisors and your extraordinary life of service and dedication.
We wish you a Happy Birthday, a wonderful Holiday Season, and healthy New Year.
Andrew K. Semmel
Chair, Board of Directors
On February 13th – Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner featuring the former U.S. Ambassador to India. PSA Board member and Associate at the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University Ronak Desai moderated the discussion. The dinner discussion emphasized the value of the U.S. India relationship and how it has […]
Monday, November 18th – The Congressional Partnership Program’s Fall 2019 class participated in their final dinner on Monday. They presented to the group the findings from their partner projects, discussed the program highlights, and enjoyed one final night of mingling with their cohort.
Tuesday, September 17th – United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) hosted a panel discussion featuring Scott Worden, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs at USIP, and Luke Coffey, Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation. This panel discussed how the Afghan negotiations […]
Tuesday, August 13th – Authors of the 2018 report “Empowering Congress on Nuclear Security: Blueprints for a New Generation” from Partnership for a Secure America and the Arms Control Association provided an overview of the report’s findings and an update on legislative activity to prevent nuclear terrorism to a public audience at the Hudson Institute.
On July 25th – Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner with Peraton Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Reginald Brothers and Director for the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown Dr. Jason Matheny. PSA Board member Ronak Desai moderated. The discussion focused on artificial intelligence and national security […]
Thursday, July 18th – United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) hosted an off-the-record lunch briefing on the Hill to discuss the growing partnership between China and Russia and this coordination’s impacts on U.S. interests. Regional experts Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at […]
Thursday, July 11th – Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) hosted a lunch briefing on the Hill to discuss the efficacy of sanctions in light of North Korea’s illicit finance networks and economic integration with China, while outlining what opportunities remain for diplomatic engagement between Washington and Pyongyang. Richard Johnson, Senior Director for fuel cycle and […]
On July 1st – Partnership for a Secure America held the second of three off-the-record dinners with Special Agent Peter Ahearn to discuss how the FBI changed following the terror attacks of 9/11, the inter-agency process and how federal law enforcement fits into the national security apparatus. Mr. Ahearn served as a Senior Advisor with […]