Center Staff

Fred Fleitz

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 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 and associate author of highly acclaimed Shariah: The Threat to Americaand 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.

Shaun Seifert

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.

Clare Lopez

VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Since 2014, Clare M. Lopez has served as the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy. Previously, she has been a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Canadian Mackenzie Institute. In 2016, she was named to Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team. Lopez has provided her expertise as an instructor on Iran, Hizballah, and the Red-Green Axis for Understanding the Threat, the only program of its kind in the country that provides threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, education, and training, for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies in government, the private sector, and for private citizens about the Global Islamic Movement and the jihadi networks in communities around the nation.

From 2013-2016, Lopez served as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi and continues among the members of its successor organization, the Citizens’ Commission on National Security. Formerly Vice President of the Intelligence Summit, she was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

Already an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat to the nation. She has served as a member of the Boards of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the United West, and the Voice of the Copts. She has been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism, national defense, and international relations at Georgetown University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of an acclaimed paper for the Center, The Rise of the Iran Lobby and co-author/editor of the Center’s Team B II study, “Shariah: The Threat to America” as well as The Tiger Team’s “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.” She co-authored “Gulen and the Gulenist Movement” with CSP’s Vice President for Outreach, Christopher Holton, “See No Shariah: ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ and the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense” with Frank Gaffney, CSP President and is both editor and co-author of the Center’s “Ally No More: Erdogan’s New Turkish Caliphate and the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West”.

Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission to join the CIA.

Christopher Holton

VICE PRESIDENT FOR 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.

Christopher now blogs at TerrorTrendsBulletin.com and Shariahfinancewatch.org. He is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christopher.holton.94 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ikhwannot.

Adam Savit

VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEDIA PRODUCTION

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.

Tommy Waller

VICE PRESIDENT, SPECIAL PROJECTS

Tommy Waller is Vice President for Special Projects at the Center for Security Policy. Tommy comes to the Center with more than 16 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 Vice President for Special Projects, 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. http://securethegrid.com/vulnerability/

David Yerushalmi, Esq.

GENERAL COUNSEL

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.

Nancy Menges

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.