Arlington, VA

CNA is launching a new forum to combat bias and add more diverse voices to the discussion of U.S. national security. National security professionals and thought leaders from military, government, academia and the private sector are being invited to participate in #InclusiveNatSec, which will foster a national conversation with a series of virtual private and public forums.

“Racism and National Security” is the theme for 2021. Discussions will focus on topics such as diplomacy, cybersecurity, terrorism and counterterrorism. #InclusiveNatSec organizers hope to serve a critical need by encouraging national security leaders to participate in a public-facing examination of the intersection between racism and these important national security issues.

“CNA is actively committed to the work of understanding, educating about and implementing change. We know these issues will be hard to tackle. But this initiative is a positive step that will enable those who are actively engaged in the safety and security of our nation to learn from each other,” said CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady.

After each public event, #InclusiveNatSec will offer a small group seminar open to a select group of participants for an off-the-record discussion with the featured speaker. #InclusiveNatSec offers three ways to engage: by attending the public events, by applying to participate in the small group discussions, and by following the initiative on Twitter at @InclusiveNatSec. Applications to participate in the small group discussions are being accepted through December 30, 2020.