President and CEO
Fred Fleitz is the President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy. He served in 2018 as a Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff to National Security Adviser John Bolton. Before his White House position, Fleitz was Senior Vice President of the Center for Security Policy. He previously served in U.S. national security positions for 25 years with the CIA, DIA, the Department of State and the House Intelligence Committee staff. Fleitz recently was named a fellow with the Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Fleitz has extensive national security experience with the executive and legislative branches of government. Fleitz’s work for the CIA included serving as a political analyst, military analyst, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) analyst and collection officer. He supported intelligence collection to defend against WMD attacks with the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center at Fort Detrick, Maryland and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) collection projects against WMD targets for CIA and DIA. Fleitz served at the State Department for four years as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control. In that job, Fleitz was a U.S. delegate to several major international arms control conferences, including the International Atomic Energy Board of Governors and the UN General Assembly. In his five years with the House Intelligence Committee staff, Fleitz was a senior aide to Chairman Peter Hoekstra and the committee’s expert on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs.
Fleitz is the author of Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s (2002); Obamabomb: A Dangerous and Growing National Security Fraud (2016); Putin’s Reset: The Bear is Back and How America Must Respond (2016); and The Coming North Korea Nuclear Nightmare (2018). Fleitz has appeared on many American and international TV and radio programs to discuss international security issues, including Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, BBC, ITN (UK), Sky News, Sky News Arabia, al-Hurra, The Blaze, One America News and others. Fleitz’s op-eds and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, the Jerusalem Post, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and other publications. Fleitz holds a BA in Politics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and an MA in Political Economy from Fordham University in New York.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Executive Chairman and Founder
Frank J. Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.
Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program heard weeknights throughout the country. He is an associate author of highly acclaimed Shariah: The Threat to America and the publisher of over a dozen other books and monographs from the Center for Security Policy Press.
In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving U.S.-USSR relations, nuclear forces, arms control, missile defense policy and U.S.-European defense ties. He acted in that capacity for seven months during which time, he was the Chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO’s senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.
From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle.
From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by the late Senator John Tower (R-Texas). And, in the latter 1970’s, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.
Mr. Gaffney holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Gaffney’s leadership has been recognized by numerous organizations including: the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award (1987), the U.S. Business and Industry Council’s Defender of the National Interest Award (1994), the Navy League of the United States’ Alfred Thayer Mahan Literary Achievement Award (1999), and the Zionist Organization of America’s “Louis Brandeis Award” (2003), the Western Conservative Summit’s Stephen H. Long Award (2015), the Council for National Policy’s George Washington Military Leadership Award (2016) and the IMPACT Award from Ginni Thomas and United in Purpose (2017).
Mr. Gaffney was born in 1953 and resides in the Washington, D.C. area.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Seifert manages and coordinates the various business activities with respect to the Center’s operations, and oversees the Center’s internship program. He has previously served on the staff of the Ways and Means Committee and House Committee on the Budget. He has a BA in Economics and an MBA.
Director of the Project on Global anti-Semitism and the US-Israel Relationship
David Wurmser is a former U.S. Navy Reserve intelligence officer with extensive national security experience working for the State Department, the Pentagon, Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Council.
Senior Analyst and Director of State Outreach
During Mr. Holton’s years with the Center, he has directed the Center’s Divest Terror Initiative and Shariah Risk Due Diligence Program. He has been involved in education and outreach in more than twenty states regarding divestment of taxpayer supported pension systems from foreign companies that do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Sudan, and the Syrian Arab Republic. In addition, he has been involved in state level counterterrorism and countershariah initiatives in dozens of states.
In 2005, he was a co-author of War Footing, published by the US Naval Institute Press. In 2008 he was a co-author of Shariah, Law and Financial Jihad: How Should America Respond? In 2015, Holton co-authored, along with the Center for Security Policy’s Clare Lopez, The Gulen Movement: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult and Its Contribution to Civilization Jihad in America.
Holton’s work has also been published by National Review, Human Events, The American Thinker, Family Security Matters, Big Peace, World Tribune, World Net Daily, NewsMax, and TheHayride.com. He has appeared on television on the O’Reilly Factor, the Glenn Beck Program, CNBC’s Squawk Box and Fox and Friends. On radio he has guested on the Laura Ingraham program, the Michael Reagan show, the Brett Winterble show, the Roger Hedgecock program, the Michael Medved show, and the Jim Bohannon show.
Christopher has been a frequent guest speaker at Tea Party, Republican and other gatherings from Florida to California.
Before joining the Center, Christopher was President of Blanchard and Company, a two hundred million dollar per year investment firm, and editor-in-chief of the Blanchard Economic Research Unit.
Director of Communications
Mr. Savit administrates media projects across a range of formats, including books and monographs published by the Center for Security Policy Press, video production for the Center’s YouTube channel and website production and maintenance. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University specializing in the history of the Middle East and Mediterranean.
J. Michael Waller
Senior Analyst for Strategy
J. Michael Waller is a scholar-practitioner in strategic communication and unconventional conflict. He a Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy. He was a founding editorial board member of NATO’s peer reviewed Defence Strategic Communications journal (2015-2018), and a senior analyst with Wikistrat.
Dr. Waller holds a Ph.D. in international security affairs from the University Professors Program at Boston University. He received his military training as an insurgent with the Nicaraguan contras. He was a co-founder of the Blue Team on China in the 1990s. For 13 years he was the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, where he designed and taught the world’s only graduate program on public diplomacy and political warfare and was part of the team that developed the first civilian Master’s degree program in Washington DC for US Army officers in lieu of attending the US Army War College.
He is President of Georgetown Research, a political risk and private intelligence company in Washington, DC, and is a frequent guest instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.
His doctoral dissertation, written in 1993 and published as Secret Empire: The KGB In Russia Today (Westview, 1994), foresaw the rise of a KGB officer to seize political control of Russia. He is author or editor of books relating to intelligence, political warfare, public diplomacy, terrorism, and subversion. See his page on Academia.edu.
He has written for the Daily Beast, Daily Caller, The Federalist, Forbes, Insight, Investor’s Business Daily, Kyiv Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Real Clear Politics, USA Today, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Kyle Shideler is the Director and Senior Analyst for the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy where he conducts research and analysis on domestic threats to the US homeland with an emphasis on the doctrines which fuel terrorism and shape the variety of kinetic and non-kinetic threats to America’s security.
Mr. Shideler specializes on Islamist groups operating in the United States, having spent over a decade researching and writing on their history, doctrine, and impact. He has briefed senior US Government personnel, Members of Congress, and law enforcement officers, and testified before the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defense.
He is a contributing author to Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network (Palgrave, 2011) and his writing has appeared at The Federalist, The Hill, FoxNews.com, and the Claremont Review of Books. He has appeared on Fox News Business, Newsmax, and One America News. He is a graduate of Boston University and was a Lincoln Fellow with the Claremont Institute.
Director of Infrastructure Security
Tommy Waller is Director of Infrastructure Security at the Center for Security Policy. Tommy comes to the Center with more than 18 years an Infantry Officer and Expeditionary Ground Reconnaissance Officer in the Marine Corps and service spanning multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and South America. His assignments have ranged from conducting basic infantry operations, special operations and reconnaissance in combat environments to assignments in staff planning, logistics, training support and professional instruction. His formal education includes numerous military schools and colleges, a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tulane University and executive education in high stakes negotiation from the Wharton School.
As Director of Infrastructure Security, Tommy performs a wide range of duties for the Center for Security Policy. These duties include educating policymakers at the federal level in all branches of government and working daily with renowned national security experts to help provide those policymakers an unconstrained analysis of the current threat environment along with workable policy solutions to address these threats. At a time when some state-level policymakers might falsely assume that “national security is a federal concern,” Tommy also helps state and local-level officials realize that they too have a valuable stake in shaping policy so that it enhances and reinforces our national security.
In late 2014 Tommy was recruited as the youngest member of The Center for Security Policy’s “Tiger Team” to use President Reagan’s National Security Decision Directive 75 (a formerly Top Secret document containing his strategy to defeat Soviet communism) as the basis for which to craft a workable strategy for the United States to defeat its current global, ideologically driven, enemy: the Global Jihad Movement. Along with fifteen other well respected national security experts, Tommy helped draft the Secure Freedom Strategy. He now works diligently to educate state and national level policymakers as well as law enforcement on the nation’s grave national security threats and some of the methods to defend against these threats, notably The Secure Freedom Strategy.
One of the most urgent areas of concern for the Center is the vulnerability of the U.S. Electric Grid. Because the effects of a pro-longed power outage could be catastrophic to our nation, The Center sponsors the Secure the Grid Coalition – a group of the country’s top-level experts on threats to the grid and how these threats must be mitigated. The Secure the Grid Coalition is co-chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Clinton’s Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey. Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, has directed Tommy Waller to manage the day to day operations of the Secure the Grid Coalition.
The Center recently compiled the findings of eleven federal studies acknowledging the extraordinary vulnerability of the nation’s electrical power grid and published this information in: Guilty Knowledge: What the US Government Knows About the Vulnerability of the Electric Grid, But Refuses to Fix. This resource and many others can be found at the Secure the Grid Coalition Website. For those wanting to learn more about threats to the U.S. Electric Grid, Tommy authored a self-tutorial on this topic, which can be found at the link below. Be sure to click on the “video” icons and “mouse click” icons to “deep dive” into the information on each slide. https://securethegrid.com/vulnerability/
David Yerushalmi, Esq.
Mr. Yerushalmi is a lawyer specializing in litigation and risk analysis, especially as it relates to geo-strategic policy, national security, international business relations, securities law, disclosure and due diligence requirements for domestic and international concerns. David Yerushalmi has been involved in international legal and constitutional matters for over 25 years. David Yerushalmi is today considered an expert on Islamic law and its intersection with Islamic terrorism and national security. In this capacity, he has published widely on the subject including the principle critical scholarship on Shariah-compliant finance published in the Utah Law Review (2008, Issue 3). This work and the empirical investigation known as the Mapping Shariah project in America was the focus of a recent monograph published by the McCormack Foundation and the Center for Security Policy.
Editor in Chief of The Americas Report
Mrs. Menges, the co-founder of the Menges Hemispheric Security Project, is in charge of the weekly edition of CSP’s Americas Report. Fluent in Spanish, she holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Her postgraduate degree has been earned from the University of Maryland. She has testified in Congress and submitted CSP’s statement regarding US-Colombian relations to the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.