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

Admiral James Stavridis
USN (Ret.) former Supreme Allied Commander at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), commander of U.S. Southern Command

Admiral James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. naval officer. He is currently an Operating Executive of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm and Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Associates, an international consulting firm. Previously he served for five years as the Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He earned more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations in his 37-year military career.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.

Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD in international relations and has published nine books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world. His books have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and have been published in six languages. His 2012 TED talk on global security has over one million views. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News, and has tens of thousands of connections on the social networks.


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.