Our Work

As a global leader in innovation, the U.S. has strengthened its ability to protect its citizens, defend its allies, articulate our principles of freedom, expression and association, and encourage developing democracies.

Policies that forfeit our competitive edge to foreign entities – particularly those that are state-owned or directed – put the safety, privacy, and liberty of free people and governments at risk.

See the American Edge Project’s work on national security:

Is our critical infrastructure safe from cyber hacks?, Admiral James Stavridis and Frances Townsend, March 19th, 2021

A New National Security Policy Framework for Space, Chris Carney, March 17th, 2021

American Edge Project’s National Security Policy Framework, Admiral James Stavridis, Frances Townsend, et al., February 22nd, 2021

U.S. Technological Edge Key to Cyber and Election Security, Chris P. Carney, October 23rd, 2020

Poll: Voters Are Concerned That the U.S. is at Risk of Falling Behind Other Countries Technologically, Ipsos and AEP, October 20th, 2020

New Research: U.S. National Security Requires a Robust, Innovative Tech Sector, Lexington Institute, October 8th, 2020

AEP Releases “Security”, AEP Press Release, September 29th, 2020

U.S. Tech: A National Security Imperative, AEP Blog Post, September 16th, 2020

Foreign Technological Interests Increasingly Threaten U.S. Security, Admiral James Stavridis and Frances Townsend, September 10th, 2020



National Security Advisory Board

Frances Townsend
Former White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor

Frances Townsend is a national security leader who has worked across party lines to address some of the world’s most complex and volatile security issues.

With more than two decades of public service, including being the original first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence of the Coast Guard, Townsend has worked in law enforcement, intelligence, national security and homeland security; in both civilian and military organizations; in policy and operational jobs; and on domestic and international issues.

As Chair of the Homeland Security Council and one of President George W. Bush’s top advisors, Townsend offers an informed viewpoint on the global issues facing the country. As national security analyst at CBS News, Townsend contributes to coverage of homeland security, foreign policy counter terrorism and intelligence and she also appears on the network’s digital streaming service, CBSN.