Partnership for a Secure America

Partnership for a Secure America

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is a non-profit organization is a policy center in the United States. It describes its mission as "recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy."

PSA was established in 2005 by its co-chairs, former U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (Republican of New Hampshire) and former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, Democratic of Indiana).


The PSA Advisory Board is chaired by former Rudman and former Hamilton and consists of 24 foreign policy officials from previous presidential administrations:

*Howard Baker, U.S. Senator (R-Tennessee), 1967-1985
*Nancy Kassebaum Baker, U.S. Senator (R-Kansas), 1978-1997
*Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor, 1997-2001
*Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor, 1977-1981
*Warren Christopher, Secretary of State, 1993-97
*Slade Gorton, U.S. Senator (R-Washington), 1981-1987 and 1989-2001
*Lee Hamilton, U.S. Representative (D-Indiana), 1965-1999
*Gary Hart, U.S. Senator (D-Colorado), 1975-1987
*Rita Hauser, chair, International Peace Institute, 1992-present
*Carla Anderson Hills, United States Trade Representative, 1989-1993
*Richard Holbrooke, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 1999-2001
*Thomas Kean, Governor of New Jersey, 1982-1990
*Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor, 1993-1997
*John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987
*Richard C. Leone, President, Century Foundation, 1989-present
*Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor, 1983-1985
*Donald McHenry, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 1979-1981
*Sam Nunn, Senator (D-Georgia), 1972-1996
*William Perry, Secretary of Defense 1994-1997
*Thomas Pickering, Undersecretary of State, 1997-2000
*Warren Rudman, U.S. Senator (R-New Hampshire), 1980-1992
*Ted Sorensen, White House Special Counsel, 1961-1963
*John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State, 1985-1988
*Frank G. Wisner, Undersecretary of State, 1992-1993


On August 3, 2005, Rudman and Hamilton launched PSA in an event at the National Press Club. In conjunction with this event PSA issued its first public statement—also printed as a full-page ad in "The New York Times", hich outlined a series of principles underlying a bipartisan foreign policy.

In September 2005 PSA co-sponsored a major foreign policy conference in Washington, D.C., "Terrorism, Security and America's Purpose: Towards a More Comprehensive Strategy." Over 1,000 people in the foreign policy field attended the conference, which examined centrist approaches to combating terrorism at home and abroad. During the conference, PSA released its second statement, which set forth bipartisan principles to guide the struggle against terrorism.

Since that time, PSA has issued five additional bipartisan statements on the most pressing issues in national security and foreign policy, including cruel treatment of detainees, weapons of mass destruction, reform of the United Nations, the crisis in Darfur, and energy and climate change. Each has been accompanied by a publicity campaign.

In June 2006, PSA launched its blog, [ Across the Aisle] , as a public forum for discussion of foreign policy and national security issues in a bipartisan context. Across the Aisle has succeeded generating thoughtful, provocative arguments on these important issues, while identifying common ground between Democrats and Republicans. Its regular contributors include senior think tank fellows, professors, and former government officials, whose views span the political spectrum.

The future

As the 2008 elections approach, PSA is focused on identifying the most pressing national security and foreign policy challenges our next President will face. PSA will seek to inform the American electorate about the importance of a moderate, bipartisan approach to these challenges, and help voters demand that candidates commit to restore this country’s proud tradition of leaving partisan rancor “at the water’s edge.”

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