Passing of Former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane


Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its earliest Advisory Board members, Bud McFarlane. Beyond making several PSA presentations to congressional staff, McFarlane had a remarkable career in foreign policy, initially resigning from the military as a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, only to enter politics through assisting then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. He later served as staff on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and ultimately took on the role of deputy National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, contributing in large part to the Strategic Defense Initiative, or “Star Wars.” More about Bud McFarlane’s career and the strides he made in U.S. foreign policy can be found here.

PSA Expands its Board of Advisors



Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is excited to announce the addition of five new members to our Advisory Board, Senator Evan Bayh, Senator Tom Daschle, Senator Olympia Snowe, Lieutenant General Charles W. Hooper, and Mr. Robert Zoellick. Combined, they have served over 70 years in Congress, the Executive, the military, and international organizations such as the World Bank.  All five bring a strong commitment to promoting bipartisan foreign policy. PSA is grateful for each of their commitment to bipartisan collaboration, and we are honored to have their wealth of experience added to that of our current Advisory Board Members’.

Evan Bayh is a former U.S. Senator from Indiana (1999 – 2011) two-term governor (1989 – 1997), concluding his second term as governor with an approval rating of nearly 80%.  He was first elected to public office as Secretary of State for Indiana in 1986.  As Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, Senator Bayh pushed for “Third Way” solutions to issues that often fall victim to partisan fighting. He has also served with numerous corporate and business entities\, as well as a lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington. Bayh He has also served on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Tom Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and served as both Majority and Minority Leader.  In 2007, Senator Daschle joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. Senator Daschle serves on numerous public and private boards, including the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lieutenant General Charles Hooper is recognized as one of America’s foremost soldier-diplomats and is widely respected with the Departments of State, Defense and the Intelligence Community.  With over 40 years of experience, Lieutenant General Hooper’s numerous assignments included serving as the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency; U.S. Defense Attaché in both China and Egypt; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense; DOD strategist and planner for U.S. Africa Command; Deputy for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; and as an instructor at the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey. LTG Hooper’s many accomplishments began when he was commissioned as an infantryman in 1979. He holds numerous degrees from schools such as West Point, Harvard and the U.S Army War College. He is a fluent Chinese linguist and was awarded the French National Defense Medal.

Olympia Snowe is a former U.S. Representative (1979 – 1995) and Senator (1995 – 2013) from Maine. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek American woman, ever elected to Congress.  She is also the first woman in American history ever to be elected to both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress.  Senator Snow currently is a member of the board of numerous private major American companies; is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the National Institute for Civil Discourse’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. In 2014, she founded the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute to elevate the confidence and aspirations of high school girls and now serves as Honorary Chair of its Board of Directors.

Robert Zoellick served in the Treasury Department, State Department, and in the George H.W. Bush White House from 1985-1993. Between 1993 and 1997 he was the Executive Vice President of Fannie Mae. In 1997 he took a position with Goldman Sachs as a senior advisor and held various academic appointments. Zoellick returned to government when he was appointed the U.S. Trade Representative (2001-2005) and would go on to serve as Deputy Secretary of State (2005-2006.) In 2007, President George Bush nominated him to serve as the President of the World Bank, a position he would hold until 2012. Since leaving the role, Zoellick has served on the boards of a broad range of institutions including, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, the German Marshall Fund, the European Institute, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Partnership for a Secure America Advisory Board;

Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State 1997-2001)

Evan Bayh (Senator (D-IN) 1999-2011)

William Cohen (Secretary of Defense 1997-2001)

Tom Daschle (Senator (D-SD) 1987-2005)

Paula Dobriansky (Undersecretary of State 2001-2009)

Lee Hamilton (Congressman (D-IN) 1965-1999)

Gary Hart (Senator (D-CO) 1975-1987)

Carla A. Hills (US Trade Representative 1989-1993)

General Charles W. Hooper (U.S. Army Ret.) (Lieutenant General, Former Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency)

Jeh Johnson (Secretary of Homeland Security 2013-2017)

Nancy Kassebaum Baker (Senator (R-KS) 1978-1997)

Thomas Kean (Governor, New Jersey 1982-1990, 9/11 Commission Chair)

John Lehman ( Secretary of the Navy 1981-1987, 9/11 Commission 2003-2004)

Donald McHenry (Ambassador to UN 1979-1981)

Robert McFarlane (National Security Advisor 1983-1985)

Admiral Michael Mullen (U.S. Navy Ret.)  (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2007-2011)

Sam Nunn (Senator (D-GA) 1972-1996)

Leon Panetta (Secretary of Defense 2011-2012)

William Perry (Secretary of Defense 1994-1997)

General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 2011-2012)

Thomas Pickering (Undersecretary of State 1997-2000)

Olympia Snowe (Senator (R-ME) 1995-2013)

Frances Townsend (Homeland Security Advisor 2004-2008)

Frank Wisner (Undersecretary of Defense Policy 1993-1994)

Robert Zoellick (President of World Bank 2007-2012)




New Staff Partnership Program

New Staff Partnership Program

Now Accepting Applications

 Email to submit inquiries or request an application.

The New Staff Partnership Program (NSPP) will host a bipartisan cohort of House and Senate staff evenly distributed between Democrats and Republicans. It will feature a series of briefings designed to assist staffers in fulfilling their legislative duties pertaining to international affairs and national security.

The NSPP offers opportunities to network with new congressional colleagues, establish contacts within the U.S. Department of State and Agency for International Development, and participate in expert-led briefings. Additionally, it is designed to lay a foundation for better communication and cooperation between foreign policymakers in the executive and the congressional branches.

The program will consist of six evening events, all off-the-record, and will run from late January or early February through April or May.

PSA is a small non-profit dedicated to providing programs for Congressional staff with the purpose of building bipartisan staff relationships around issues of foreign policy and national security.  PSA was founded in 2005 by Congressman Lee Hamilton and the late Senator Warren Rudman to advance bipartisan approaches to these issues. PSA now has fifteen years of experience bringing together bipartisan groups of congressional staff for briefings and discussions on immediate and long-term issues in national security and foreign policy, as well as providing skills training in areas such as negotiations techniques.


Eligibility Requirements: Employment with a newly-Elected Member of Congress for the 117th Congress and a relevant portfolio including national security/foreign policy issues


How to Apply: Email to request an application form. Then complete, save, and send back the application along with a copy of your resume.