FDD’s National Security Network

FDD's Programming for Mid-Career National Security Professionals

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The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD’s) National Security Network (NSN) is comprised of over 600 bipartisan mid-career national security practitioners who have completed FDD’s National Security Fellows Program (NSFP), Media Fellows Program, the National Security Trip to Israel and/or the Military Trip to Israel. Participants are not FDD employees but enjoy year-round programming, which includes invitations to exclusive briefings, policy-related events, international trips and other VIP opportunities. Alumni are also provided with a platform to further connect, network, and collaborate with their peers in the national security community as well as with FDD experts.

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National Security Fellows Program

FDD hosts a competitive 12-month National Security Fellows Program that supports the aspirations of promising mid-career professionals by combining networking, skill-building workshops, and roundtable conversations with high-level experts. Participants of the program also become members of FDD’s National Security Network.

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Media Fellows Program

FDD's Media Fellows Program provides educational programing and professional development opportunities to help media professionals gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between media, strategic communications, public diplomacy, misinformation, disinformation, and national security. Participants of the program also become members of FDD’s National Security Network.

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National Security Trip to Israel

FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel is a seven-day intensive national security focused trip for DC-based mid-career US national security practitioners. Throughout the week, trip participants will travel around Israel to participate in off-the-record high-level meetings with government officials, current and former Israeli and American national security decision makers; journalists; military officials; and leaders in the private sector. These in-depth conversations will be supplemented by experiential exercises, including visits to elite military installations. Trip participants also become members of FDD’s National Security Network.

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Military Trip to Israel

FDD organizes an annual Military Trip to Israel for active-duty military officers. Throughout the week, trip participants will travel around Israel to participate in off-the-record meetings with high-level Israeli and American decision-makers, experiential visits to elite military sites, and hands-on training exercises. Trip participants also become members of FDD’s National Security Network.

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Congressional Fellowship Program

FDD’s Congressional Fellowship provides national security professionals with the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill for up to one year in a legislative position with a member of Congress or a congressional committee. The program provides an educational experience that prepares participants for future leadership roles inside or outside of government.

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CMPP Visiting Military Officer Program

FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power (CMPP) offers fellowship opportunities for full-time active-duty U.S. military officers to gain research and publication experience on issues related to U.S. defense policy and strategy. The fellowship is open to officers with the rank of O-4 to O-6.

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