Speaker Newt Gingrich is well known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994. Newt is the Founder of the Center for Health Transformation, General Chairman of American Solutions, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the National Defense University. Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include Nine Days That Changed The World, and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. He is an analyst for the Fox News Channel. As an author, Speaker Gingrich has published twenty-one books, including twelve fiction and non-fiction New York Times best sellers. He resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Callista Gingrich.
Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic productions. Callista, along with her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include, America At Risk, Nine Days that Changed the World, and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.
Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books including To Save America; 5 Principles for a Successful Life; Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less; The Art of Transformation; Real Change; Contract with the Earth; and Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich's photography has been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. It is featured in a newly revised photographic edition of Rediscovering God in America. Callista is the President of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation. She resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.
Tony Blankley is an Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs at Daniel J. Edelman Company. Tony Blankley joined Edelman's Washington office in September 2007. For more than 25 years, Tony has been at the intersection of national politics, media and public policy. For seven years, Tony served as press secretary to then Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Working for the most renowned speaker of the House in decades, Tony became one of the leading spokesmen for the Contract with America. Prior to his career on Capitol Hill, Tony served President Ronald Reagan as a speechwriter and senior policy analyst. Before coming to Washington, Tony was a California deputy attorney general for seven years. His opinions and analysis of political events have been featured on the front pages of The New York Times, USA Today, and other major publications. Tony authored his first book in 2005, a New York Times bestseller, The West's Last Chance: Will We Win the Clash of Civilizations?
Ambassador John Bolton
John R. Bolton currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His area of research is U.S. foreign and national security policy. Prior to arriving at AEI, Ambassador Bolton served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 1, 2005 to December 9, 2006. From June 2001 to May 2005, Ambassador Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, also in the Bush Administration.
Senator Christopher S. Bond (R-MO)
At age 33, Kit Bond became the 47th Governor of the State of Missouri on January 8, 1973 - the youngest Governor the state has ever had. Bond was re-elected to a second term as Governor in 1980. After his second successful term as Governor, Bond continued his service to Missouri from his newly won seat in the United States Senate. In that 1986 election year, Bond was the only Republican to capture a seat previously held by a Democrat. Based upon his solid ability to protect and advance Missouri's interests in the United States Senate, Bond was returned by Missouri voters to the U.S. Senate in 1992, 1998, and 2004. While serving in the United States Senate, Bond has built a reputation as a statesman who advocates for a strong U.S. military, improved care for our nation's veterans and men and women in uniform, an expert in Southeast Asia, and a reformer of our nation's intelligence community. Bond serves as the Vice Chairman on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, where he is working to give the Intelligence Community the tools to detect and disrupt planned terrorist attacks on America.
Debra Burlingame is the sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame, III, pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. She is Co-Founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America and a director on the board of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation at the World Trade Center. She is a co-founder, along with Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol, of Keep America Safe, a public advocacy group focused on national security. Ms. Burlingame has published feature articles for The Wall Street Journal and other publications on national security issues, including the Patriot Act, the National Security Agency terrorist surveillance program, al Qaeda and the Saddam Hussein regime, the 9/11 Commission, aviation security and the Guantanamo detainees. She has testified before the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on terrorism-related issues and works with the Center for Security Policy as an advocate for its Divest Terror program aimed at Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea.
Secretary Michael Chertoff
Michael Chertoff is senior of counsel in Covington & Burling LLP's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. Most recently, Mr. Chertoff served as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. As Secretary, he led a 218,000 person department with a budget of $50 billion. Mr. Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulations; and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy. He also served periodically on the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, Mr. Chertoff served from 2003 to 2005 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before becoming a federal judge, Mr. Chertoff was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that position, he oversaw the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an award-winning anti-Jihadist Muslim journalist in Bangladesh. He is the editor of Weekly Blitz. This newspaper has both print and online editions reaching mostly policymakers, politicians, entrepreneurs, students, think tanks, civil and millitary officials, clergies and cross section of people in the world. Weekly Blitz is the largest and most infleutial English language newspaper published in Bangladesh. Journalist, writer, poet, lyricist, author, political analyst and peace activist, Choudhury, started his career in journalism in 1989 as the Correspondent of TASS, state news agency of Soviet Union. Later he was promoted as the Chief Correspondent of Itar-Tass in Bangladesh. He has written a number of books on various issues. His book entitled Injustice and Jihad was published in October 2007. Choudhury's latest book entitled Inside Madrassa, which contains descriptive and elaborate information on condition of Madrassas in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and other Muslim nations, has been published in October 2009.
Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing, and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, a non-profit organization that serves one of the world's largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Emerson and his staff frequently provide briefings to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies, members of Congress and congressional committees, and print and electronic media on terrorist financing and operational networks of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the worldwide Islamic militant spectrum. Since 9-11, Emerson has been interviewed frequently on all the major television networks and in the national and international print media.
Emerson launched The Investigative Project on Terrorism in 1995, following the November 1994 broadcast of his documentary film, Jihad in America, on public television. The film exposed clandestine operations of militant Islamic terrorist groups on American soil. For the film, Emerson received numerous awards including the George Polk Award for best television documentary, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. He also received the top prize from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Organization (IRE) for best investigative report in both print and television for the documentary. Emerson is recognized as one of the first terrorism experts to have testified and warned about the threat of Islamic militant networks operating in the United States and their connections worldwide. In a pioneering congressional testimony delivered in 1998, he specifically warned about the threat of Osama Bin Laden's network. Nearly every one of the terrorist suspects and groups first identified in his 1994 film have been indicted, convicted, or deported since 9-11. Emerson is the author or co-author of six books on terrorism and national security, including: Jihad Incorporated: A Guide To Militant Islam In The U.S.
Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The Center is 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 throught the country. On Secure Freedom Radio, Mr. Gaffney addresses current and emerging threats to national security, sovereignty and our ways of life. Mr. Gaffney is the lead-author of War Footing: Ten Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World. 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 nuclear forces, arms control, and U.S.-European defense relations. 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.
Jessica Hansen was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. She graduated high school in 2006 and went on to Boston University where she majored in Psychology with a neuropsychology track. She also minored in Sociology and Political Science. Jessica met Army SSG Patrick Zeigler in 2008 while they were both separately vacationing in Hawaii. Patrick extended Jessica's plane ticket so that the two could spend more time together on the beaches of Oahu. Jessica returned to Boston, and Patrick returned to Ft. Hood where he was stationed. Despite the distance and fact that he soon deployed to Iraq, the two began a long distance relationship. The two later became engaged. After Patrick was a victim of the November 5th attack at Ft. Hood, Jessica quit her jobs in Boston and took a leave of absence from school to be at Patrick's side. She spent every single night in the hospital with him, never leaving his side, for almost 9 months, until the day he was discharged to outpatient care. Because of her fiancé's Traumatic Brain Injury, she now cares for him on her own, 24 hours a day. The two plan to be married in July of 2011.
Even while caring for Patrick in such a large capacity, Jessica is very involved in her communities and spends time volunteering for various causes. Since the attack on November Fifth, she has become an advocate for all of the victims and has set up several resources to aid the survivors and family members in their physical and mental recoveries. She is currently founding a non-profit in order to serve the victims, long-term. She is also spearheading Memorial Events to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack and is behind planning a half-marathon to honor the victims and inspire the survivors. She is also doing research and writing a book for spouses and loved ones of people with traumatic brain injuries. Jessica plans to continue her education while continuing to care for Patrick from Ft. Hood. She plans to pursue a PhD and continue research and writing in order to aid those suffering from TBI and PTSD. Jessica hopes to continue to aid soldiers and use her education to change policies within the military in regards to the treatment of TBI and PTSD.
M. Zuhdi Jasser
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state. He is leading the fight to shake the hold that the Muslim Brotherhood and their Network of American Islamist organizations and Mosques have on organized Islam in America. A former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, Dr. Jasser served 11 years as a medical officer. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Jasser is a nationally recognized expert in the contest of ideas against political Islam and American Islamist organizations. He has spoken at hundreds of national and international events including colleges and universities, places of worship, government venues and many other public functions. On October 1, 2009, Dr. Jasser briefed members of Congress on the threat of Political Islam. He regularly briefs members of the House and Senate congressional anti-terror caucuses. Dr. Jasser is a contributing writer to the newly released books The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular, The Impact of 9-11 on Religion and Philosophy - The Day that Changed Everything, and Islamism - Contested Perspectives on Political Islam.
Dr. Michael Ledeen is the Founder of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Dr. Ledeen is the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is also a contributing editor at National Review Online. Previously, he served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department. He has also served as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome. He is author of more than 20 books, the most recent include: Accomplice of Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; The War Against the Terror Masters; The Iranian Time Bomb; Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules Are As Timely and Important Today As Five Centuries Ago, Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville's Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit Is As Vital and Important Today As It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago; and, Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away.
Professor Bernard Lewis is a member of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Born in London, Professor Lewis received the B.A. degree in 1936 from the University of London and the Ph.D. degree from the same university in 1939. In 1940-41, he served in the British Army (RAC and IC) and from 1941 to 1945 was attached to a department of the Foreign Office. He was Professor of History of the Near and Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London (1949-1974). His publications include The Political Language of Islam, Race and Slavery in the Middle East, Islam and the West, The Shaping of the Modern Middle East, Cultures in Conflict, The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years, The Multiple Identities of the Middle East, A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of life, letters and history, Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew Poems, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror; From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East; and Political Words and Ideas in Islam. His works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His most recent book, Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East has just been published by Oxford University Press in New York. Professor Lewis has lectured internationally in over two dozen countries. Professor Lewis holds fifteen honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, a corresponding member of the Institut de France, etc.
Andrew M. McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and a contributing editor at National Review. He is the author most recently of The New York Times bestseller, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. His 2008 Times bestseller, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, is now available in paperback. Andy is a decorated former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney who led the terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the "Blind Sheikh") and eleven others in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. Following the 9/11 attacks, he supervised the Justice Department's Command Post near Ground Zero in New York City, and later served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Formerly an adjunct law professor at Fordham University and New York Law School, Andy writes a twice-weekly column at National Review Online. His essays appear in major publications and his commentary is featured regularly on national radio and television broadcasts.
Dr. Walid Phares is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies where he focuses on Middle East history and politics, global terrorist movements, democratization and human rights. Dr. Phares also leads the foundation's Future of Terrorism Project, which considers how the Jihadi-Islamist threat will mutate over time and what can be done to defend against new, more deadly strains of terrorism. Dr. Phares is the author of ten books on terrorism and the Middle East. His latest book, The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad, was published in March, 2008. His previous work, War of Ideas: Jihadism Against Democracy, was published April, 2007. His book, Future Jihad, Terrorist Strategies Against America, has been listed on Foreign Policy magazine's best- selling titles for three months. The new paperback international edition Future Jihad, Terrorist Strategies against the West was published in November of 2006.
Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, broadcaster, author, and blogger. She writes a controversial column about political and social issues, which currently appears in the UK Daily Mail, and was awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996. Her most recent book is The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, published in the U.S. by Encounter in 2010. She is also the author of Londonistan, an analysis of Britain's appeasement of Islamist extremism, which was published in 2006 by Encounter and in the UK by Gibson Square. Born in 1951, Melanie read English at St. Anne's College, Oxford and has previously worked for the Guardian, Observer and Sunday Times. She writes a monthly column for the Jewish Chronicle in the UK, is a regular panellist on BBC Radio Four's The Moral Maze, and frequently contributes to other publications around the world including Standpoint magazine, the Australian and The Wall Street Journal.
Reihan Salam is a Policy Advisor at e21. Earlier on, he worked as a reporter-researcher at The New Republic, a national security research associate at the Council On Foreign Relations, an editorial researcher and junior op-ed editor at The New York Times, a producer at NBC News, and an associate editor at The Atlantic. Mr. Salam is a fellow at the New America Foundation and he writes regularly for Forbes.com, The Daily Beast, and National Review Online. He is the co-author, with Ross Douthat, of Grand New Party. He is also a contributing editor at National Affairs and editor of The American Scene, and he has served as a political commentator on a number of radio and television programs. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he attended New York City public schools.
New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author Michael Scheuer is the former head of the CIA's Bin Laden Unit, where he also ran the Rendition Program. He resigned from CIA in November 2004 after nearly two decades of experience in covert action and national security issues related to Afghanistan, South Asia, and the Middle East. He is the author of the new book, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq (Free Press, 2008). He also wrote Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrorism (Potomac Books, 2004), and Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America (Potomac Books, 2002). He will publish, Osama bin Laden: A Biography in February, 2011, with Oxford University Press.
A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Marc A. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to the president and to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Thiessen spent more than six years as spokesman and senior policy adviser to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Jesse Helms (R-N.C.). He is a weekly columnist for The Washington Post, and his articles can be found in many major publications. His book on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program, Courting Disaster (Regnery Press, 2010), is a New York Times bestseller. At the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Thiessen writes about U.S. foreign and defense policy issues for The American and the Enterprise Blog.
Leila Hunt-Willingham was born and raised in Oklahoma with her brother, lovingly known as "J.D." Hunt. They both graduated high school in Tipton, Oklahoma - Leila in 1998; J.D. in 2005. Leila obtained a bachelor of arts in corporate communications from the University of Central Oklahoma and J.D. enlisted in the U.S Army in 2006. After the tragic death of her only brother in the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, Leila has been active in garnering support for our troops as well as other Gold Star families. She has been speaking publicly as a keynote speaker in honor of her brother and supports soldiers who suffer from PTSD as well as non-profit organizations that support our military such as TAPS and Operation Homefront. She ran 3 half marathons (2 in honor of her brother) and 1 full marathon and is involved in the planning of the Fort Hood Memorial Run this November. Leila has been married to Mitch Willingham for 7 years and resides in McKinney, Texas with her husband and 2 children as a stay-at-home mom.
Director R. James Woolsey
R. James Woolsey is Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC. He is also a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor to VantagePoint Venture Partners of San Bruno, California. Mr. Woolsey currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues. Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008 Mr. Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation. During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970.