Center for a New American Security

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Budget (2020):

Revenue: $11,033,683
Expenses: $10,115,430
Assets: $11,631,735

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The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is a progressive think tank focused on foreign policy and national security issues. The organization’s leadership is made up of former Democratic administration officials and politicians. CNAS has focused heavily on environmental security issues, including climate change. 1


In fiscal year 2020, the following groups made contributions to the Center for a New American Security: 2

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation$500,000+
Quadrivium Foundation$500,000+
Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.$500,000+
U.S. Department of State$500,000+
Neal Blue$250,000-$499,999
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation$250,000-$499,999
U.S. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy$250,000-$499,999
U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Net Assesment$250,000-$499,999
Bank of America Corporation$100,000-$249,999
Brighton Marine$100,000-$249,999
Carnegie Corporation of New York$100,000-$249,999
Chevron Corporation $100,000-$249,999
Cisco Systems, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Craig Newmark Philanthropies$100,000-$249,999
DataRobot, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Carol Deane$100,000-$249,999
Democracy Fund$100,000-$249,999
Drue and H.J. Heinz 11 Charitable Trust$100,000-$249,999
Embassy of Japan to the United States of America$100,000-$249,999
Facebook, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Georgetown University$100,000-$249,999
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy$100,000-$249,999
Carl and Nancy Glaeser$100,000-$249,999
Goldman Sachs Gives Annual Giving Fund$100,000-$249,999
Goldman-Sonnefeldt Foundation, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Google, LLC$100,000-$249,999
Huntington Ignalls Industries, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Korea Foundation$100,000-$249,999
Leidos Holdings, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Leonardo DRS$100,000-$249,999
Lockheed Martin Corporation$100,000-$249,999
Luminate Foundation, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Microsoft Corporation$100,000-$249,999
Prudential Financial, Inc.$100,000-$249,999
Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc.$100,000-$249,999
John Rosenwald$100,000-$249,999
Eric and Wendy Schmidt$100,000-$249,999
Doug Silverman$100,000-$249,999
Robert Bosch Stiftung$100,000-$249,999
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office$100,000-$249,999
Michael Zak$100,000-$249,999
Amazon Web Services, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
BAE Systems, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Doug and Kim Beck$50,000-$99,999
Bell Textron, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation$50,000-$99,999
BP America, Inc. $50,000-$99,999
Citigroup, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Equinor USA$50,000-$99,999
Exxon Mobil Corporation$50,000-$99,999
Government of Canada, Department of National Defence$50,000-$99,999
Heinz Family Foundation$50,000-$99,999
International Business Machines Corporation$50,000-$99,999
JPMorgan Chase & Co.$50,000-$99,999
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Long & Kimmy Nguyen Family Foundation$50,000-$99,999
Palantir Technologies, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Ploughshares Fund$50,000-$99,999
Qualcomm, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Raytheon Company$50,000-$99,999
The Roche Family Foundation, Inc.$50,000-$99,999
Semiconductor Industry Association$50,000-$99,999
U.S. National Intelligence Council$50,000-$99,999
Visa, Inc. $50,000-$99,999
Applied Materials Inc.$25,000-$49,999
The Bank Policy Institute$25,000-$49,999
Beacon Global Strategies, LLC$25,000-$49,999
Michael Beckley$25,000-$49,999
BGR Group$25,000-$49,999
The Boeing Company$25,000-$49,999
Bovin Family Foundation$25,000-$49,999
H. Perry Boyle$25,000-$49,999
Crowel & Morning LLP$25,000-$49,999
Elbit Systems of America, LLC$25,000-$49,999
Gates Policy Initiative$25,000-$49,999
Institute for War & Peace Reporting$25,000-$49,999
Japan Bank For International Corporation$25,000-$49,999
Marubeni America Corporation$25,000-$49,999
Mastercard, Inc.$25,000-$49,999
McKinsey & Company$25,000-$49,999
Morningstar Philanthropic Fund$25,000-$49,999
NEC Corporation of America$25,000-$49,999
New York State Health Foundation$25,000-$49,999
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs$25,000-$49,999
Walter Parkes$25,000-$49,999
Pioneer Natural Resources Company$25,000-$49,999
Dale Ponikvar$25,000-$49,999
SoftBank Group$25,000-$49,999
Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.$25,000-$49,999
Sumitomo Corporation$25,000-$49,999
Todd Zabelle$25,000-$49,999
Total USA$25,000-$49,999


In January 2023, bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange company FTX released its creditor matrix listing all former vendors and investors, with CNAS being listed as one of said groups. According to CNAS’s director of communications Shai Korman, the company had received a $25,000 grant from FTX in 2022 for, “general support of CNAS’s independent research on national security.” 3 In an interview with The Incercept, Korman confirmed that the organization had returned FTX’s donation, “in full.” 4


The Center for a New American Security’s board of directors includes:

  • Richard Armitage, a former diplomat who served as U.S. deputy secretary of state from 2001 to 2005 under president George W. Bush
  • Douglas A. Beck, vice president of the Americas and Northeast Asia regions for Apple, Inc.
  • Denis A. Bovin, senior advisor to Evercore Partners, an international investment banking firm
  • Richard J. Danzig, served as the U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001 under president Bill Clinton
  • Michèle Flournoy, a former government official who served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2009 to 2012 under president Barack Obama
  • Richard Fontaine, president of CNAS from 2012-2019 and was a foreign policy advisor to former Arizona senator John McCain
  • Carl D. Glaeser-Glaeser is an operating executive who is Managing Partner at Palladian Capital Partners
  • Admiral Cecil Haney, a retired U.S. Navy Admiral who served as commander of U.S. Strategic Command and the U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • USN (Ret.), David J. Hogan, a long-time international investment banker who worked at Saudi International Bank for 13 years
  • Secretary Jeh Johnson, a former government official who served as U.S. secretary of Homeland Security from 2013 to 2017 under president Barack Obama
  • Joseph Liberman, an American politician who served as a U.S. senator from Connecticut from 1989 to 2013, and was the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president in 2000
  • Robert Mandell, an American attorney who served as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2011 to 2016
  • James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 2015 to 2019 and is the liberal son of Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch
  • Admiral John Richardson, USN (Ret)-Richardson is a retired U.S. Navy admiral and the former chief of Naval Operations
  • Robert Roche, a liberal political activist who was appointed in 2010 to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by president Barack Obama
  • David Schwimmer, the CEO of London Stock Exchange, previously spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs
  • Karen D. Seitz, founder and managing director of Fusion Partners and the former head of the Pensions, Endowments and Foundations Group for the Securities Division of Goldman, Sachs, & Co.
  • Michael Sonnenfeldt, an American philanthropist and political activist who served as the co-chair of senator Joe Lieberman’s 2004 presidential campaign.
  • Douglas Silverman, co-founder and managing partner of Senator Investment Group
  • Jane Wales, the vice president of the Aspen Institute and served as Special Assistant to the President in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 1996.
  • Michael J. Zak, venture capitalist and founder of Cornell’s program on China & Asia-Pacific Studies

Executive Team

Richard Fontaine is the CEO of CNAS. From 2012 to 2019, Fontaine served as the Center’s president. He had previously been a foreign policy advisor to former Arizona Senator John McCain and held positions in the State Department, the National Security Council, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Anna Saito Carson is the vice president of development at CNAS. Before joining, Carson was director of corporate relations, strategic planning and development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


  1. Parthemore, Christine, Jay Gulledge, Richard Weitz, and Whitney M. Parker. “The Age of Consequences.” Center for a New American Security (en-US), November 1, 2007.
  2. “CNAS Supporters.” Accessed February 22, 2021.
  3. Fang, Lee, Ken Klippenstein, and Daniel Boguslaw. “NEW FTX FILING PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN ON SAM BANKMAN-FRIED’S MASSIVE INFLUENCE-PEDDLING OPERATION.” The Intercept, January 30, 2023.
  4. Fang, Lee, Ken Klippenstein, and Daniel Boguslaw. “NEW FTX FILING PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN ON SAM BANKMAN-FRIED’S MASSIVE INFLUENCE-PEDDLING OPERATION.” The Intercept, January 30, 2023.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Eliot Cohen
    Adjunct Senior Fellow
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: September - August
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2007

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Sep Form 990 $11,033,683 $10,115,430 $11,631,735 $1,975,192 Y $10,726,982 $262,324 $18,972 $0
    2019 Sep Form 990 $13,571,524 $11,638,724 $10,283,116 $1,408,331 Y $13,238,323 $293,386 $39,815 $1,633,938 PDF
    2018 Sep Form 990 $7,812,811 $10,589,419 $8,397,810 $1,305,901 Y $7,527,359 $263,114 $22,338 $1,267,166 PDF
    2017 Sep Form 990 $12,531,802 $9,751,151 $11,555,217 $1,602,697 N $12,166,810 $357,820 $7,172 $1,471,970 PDF
    2016 Sep Form 990 $14,790,085 $9,157,223 $8,611,251 $1,414,484 N $14,559,714 $241,402 $0 $1,482,935
    2015 Sep Form 990 $8,787,730 $7,228,402 $4,057,162 $2,436,125 N $8,482,042 $305,386 $136 $1,197,078 PDF
    2014 Sep Form 990 $1,329,249 $1,477,957 $1,851,595 $1,789,886 N $1,181,795 $147,454 $0 $279,602 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $6,014,305 $5,935,485 $1,002,932 $792,515 N $5,721,192 $293,113 $0 $1,017,030 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $4,182,730 $4,968,158 $1,471,981 $1,340,384 N $3,862,996 $319,734 $0 $749,769 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $5,337,335 $6,212,516 $1,894,692 $977,667 N $4,880,456 $456,879 $0 $664,456 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $6,053,020 $5,237,667 $2,142,123 $349,476 N $5,846,959 $205,914 $0 $565,525 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Center for a New American Security

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