National Security Speakers

National security is the key to American progress, but it often comes at a high cost. How can we balance freedom with public security? Educate your attendees on the intricacies — and frustrations — of national security with experienced speakers who have lived the job. WSB’s national security and counterterrorism speakers include CIA Directors, US Ambassadors, governors, mayors, and other notable figures who protect the American public on a daily basis. Available for in-person or virtual events and meetings.

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George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

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William McRaven

Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (2011-2014) and of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (2008-2011); Chancellor of the University of Texas System (2015-2018); Best-selling Author

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Liz Cheney

Former US Representative (2017-2023)

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James Stavridis

16th Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Partner and Vice Chair, Global Affairs of The Carlyle Group; New York Times Bestselling Author

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James Mattis

U.S. Secretary of Defense (2017-2018)

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Ted Koppel

Legendary Anchor, ABC News Nightline; Senior Contributor, CBS Sunday Morning Show; Contributing Columnist, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal

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John Heilemann

Partner, Chief Political Columnist, and Host of the Impolitic With John Heilemann podcast for Puck; National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC; Host, Creator, and Executive Producer of Showtime's The Circus; New York Times No. 1 Best Selling Author of Game Change and Double Down

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John Brennan

CIA Director (2013–2017); Senior Intelligence and National Security Analyst at NBC and MSNBC

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James Comey

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2013–2017); #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

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David Petraeus

Director, CIA (2011-2012); Commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan (2010-2011); Partner, KKR

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Richard Haass

President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Counselor, Centerview Partners

Over $70,000
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David Gergen

Senior Political Analyst, CNN

$40K - $70K
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George Tenet

CIA Director (1997-2004)

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Robert Gates

Transformational Leader; Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Bestselling Author

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Stephen Hayes

CEO/Editor, The Dispatch; NBC News Contributor and Author

Under $25,000
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Paul Begala

Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN

Under $25,000
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Andrew Card

White House Chief of Staff (2001-2006)

$25K - $40K
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Jeb Bush

Governor of Florida (1999-2007)

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Michael McFaul

U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014); Stanford Professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow; Washington Post Columnist; NBC News Analyst

$25K - $40K
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J.C. Watts

Visionary Conservative Leader

$25K - $40K
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Leon Panetta

U.S. Secretary of Defense (2011-2013), Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2009-2011), Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton (1994-1997), Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1993-1994) and Co-founder, Panetta Institute for Public Policy

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Reince Priebus

White House Chief of Staff (2017); Chairman of Republican National Committee (2011–2017); Political Analyst, ABC News

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