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Dr. William A. Saxton,

William SaxtonEducated and trained at both MIT (S.M.) and Harvard University (Ph.D.), 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 Enroll in Seminar Linkcountries, 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

Peter LeitnerDr. 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,

S. Peter Lebowitz

After 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.


Carl A. Rose,
Executive Director

Carl A. Rose

After attending Armstrong College in Savannah, Georgia, Mr. Rose joined the U.S. State Department. He trained at the Foreign Service Institute, then served over five years at U.S embassies in London, Kinshasa (Zaire, formerly Belgian Congo) and Lagos (Nigeria) before returning to Washington, D.C. where he was recruited into the insurance & financial services industry.

Following four years in the D.C. area, he returned to London as U.K. representative for the largest U.S. insurance/financial services company, then set up his own firm and spent 15 years building an international clientele as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). When both radical Islamists and homegrown terrorists caused the business and social climates in the U.K. to change dramatically, he relocated to Florida, and has resided there since 1986.

Because of his background, the 9/11 catastrophe, and the world he perceives for his granddaughter, he is passionate about the threat of radical Islam to the United States. His goal is to move people out of their "comfort zone" with respect to it by getting them to recognize the potentially undesirable Islamist impact on our country, our culture and our freedoms, and become involved in preventing it.

S. Peter Lebowitz, Vice-Chairman, CFNS
Carl Rose, Executive Director, CFNS
Jay Drossman
James Landon
Nick Messerschmidt
Dr. Gary Newman
Dr. Stanley Pierce
Douglas Sensenig
Morton Singerman
Nicholas Martin, Director of Planning and Development, CFNS

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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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