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Matthew Kahn
Monday, July 31, 2017, 12:50 PM

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Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00am. The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the U.S. Naval Institute will host an event on The U.S. Coast Guard: Priorities for the Future featuring Coast Guard commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, retired Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly of the U.S. Naval Institute, and Kathleen Hicks. See here for more information, to register to register to attend the event, or to watch the webcast.

Wednesday, August 2 at 4:00pm. The Atlantic Council will host DEF CON to DC, a conversation on how policymakers can translate recommendations made at a series of cybersecurity conferences in Las Vegas this month into policy solutions. The conversation will feature Ariel Robinson, Cris Thomas, Jessica Wilkerson, and Beau Woods. Click here for more information, or register here.

Thursday, August 3 at 11:45am. The Hudson Institute will host an event on Justice for the Yezidis: ISIS and Crimes of Genocide. Pari Ibrahim, Naomi Kikoler, Nathaniel Hurd, and Eric Brown will discuss strategies for holding ISIS accountable and how to protect minority communities as Iraq recovers and rebuilds. Find more information here, or register here.

Thursday, August 3 at 12:00pm. The Middle East Institute will host an event on the security options in Gaza for Israelis and Palestinians. The discussion will feature Tareq Baconi, Lara Friedman, and Christopher McGrath. More information is available here.

Thursday, August 3 at 6:00pm. The SAIS U.S.-Korea Institute and the Seojong Society will host a mini-lecture by retired South Korean Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun on South Korean defense reforms. Find more information here.

Calls for Papers

National Security Law – New Voices In National Security Scholarship Works In Progress

Presented by: The AALS Section on National Security Law

The AALS Section on National Security Law invites abstracts for a junior faculty works in progress program at the January 2018 Annual Meeting. Papers may concern any matter related to national security law. Papers must be still in progress (for example, papers may be accepted for publication, but with revisions still underway) as of the time of the Annual Meeting in January 2018. Abstracts must be no longer than 1,000 words. Submissions can be accepted only from those affiliated with AALS member institutions. “Junior faculty” includes faculty who have been in a teaching position full-time for seven years or less as of the submission deadline.

Submit your abstract by August 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. to Professor Dakota Rudesill, at

ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security Writing Competition

The winning essay receives a cash prize of $500 and free registration to the Committee's Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference to be held November 16-17, 2017 in Washington, DC . In addition to registration for the conference, the prize will include reimbursement for coach travel and one night's lodging. Additionally, the essay will be published by the Standing Committee. Winner must be present at the conference to receive the award. Submit by August 15.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Associate from Practice - Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Accountability and Protection (ICAP)

The ICAP Associate from Practice supports the institute’s work to pursue impact litigation in defense of constitutional rights and values, and to involve Georgetown Law students in such efforts. S/he draws on legal research provided by students enrolled in the practicum offered by the Institute, research assistants, and Institute Fellows to assist in crafting constitutional impact litigation strategy in close coordination with the institute’s Senior Litigator from Practice and Executive Director. The ICAP Associate, drawing on extensive previous legal writing experience, carefully drafts, revises, and edits portions of briefing materials to be filed in court pertaining to those cases and assists in mooting the oral advocates arguing the cases; and supports ICAP's leadership in overseeing a practicum seminar designed to involve Georgetown Law students in understanding the nature of constitutional impact litigation and in contributing to ICAP's work. Reporting to both ICAP's Executive Director and Visiting Professor and Senior Litigator from Practice and Visiting Professor of Law, the ICAP Associate from Practice has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Oversees and provides feedback on legal research to determine appropriate ICAP involvement in constitutional litigation likely to have an impact at programmatic or policy level.
  • Oversees and provides feedback on legal research to inform ICAP participation in constitutional impact litigation, including In support of written briefing materials and oral argument.

Case Work

Develops litigation strategies for pursuing ICAP litigation. Drafts briefing materials in connection with ICAP litigation. Revises, edits, and provides feedback on briefing materials In connection with ICAP litigation. Moots oral advocates preparing to argue in connection with ICAP litigation.

Academic Support

  • Supports ICAP leadership in offering a practicum seminar involving students in ICAP litigation.
  • Provides mentorship, feedback, and guidance to practicum students.
  • Refines legal writing generated by the practicum and incorporating it into briefing associated with ICAP litigation.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate degree
  • At least six years of experience in legal work after law school
  • Preference for experience as a federal court clerk - ideally to include at the district court level

Administrative Assistant - Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Accountability and Protection (ICAP)

Tradition. Innovation. A superb faculty, hundreds of course offerings — and all of this just steps away from the Capitol and Supreme Court. Georgetown Law is an exceptional institution in an enviable location. Students come here from all over the world to study international or tax law, environmental or health care law (just a few of our specialties). They come here for our top-ranked clinics. Most of all, they come because this is the place where theory and practice meet. At Georgetown, students learn the law in the place where laws are made.

The Administrative Assistant serves as the office manager for the Institute and all of its activities, working closely with the Executive Director, Senior Litigators from Practice, Associates from Practice, and Institute Fellows to ensure timely support to ICAP's litigation efforts. S/he coordinates with the Law Center to ensure that the Institute’s basic infrastructure is functioning and fully stocked, and assists with the formatting of written materials. Reporting to ICAP's Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law, the Administrative Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

Office Management

  • Serves as a key liaison between the Institute and the broader Law Center and University community, including with respect to arrangements for ICAP's practicum seminar, conference preparation and logistics, and public messaging, including website maintenance.
  • Ensures functioning of ICAP basic infrastructure, including communications technologies.
  • Ensures fully stocked office.

Formatting of Written Materials

  • Finalizes the formatting of litigation materials.
  • Finalizes the formatting of public reports and white papers.
  • Finalizes the formatting of conference materials.

Fundraising Support

  • Tracks ICAP's fundraising and supports ICAP's leadership in providing periodic updates to its supporters.
  • Tracks fundraising events and outreach.
  • Tracks pledges and contributions.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Sensitivity to confidential materials
  • Experience in a legal setting, whether at a law firm, a legal advocacy organization, or a law school preferred

National Security Policy Senior Fellow

The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country, seeks an energetic, experienced intelligence and national security policy senior fellow to provide high-level planning and execution of multiple projects. This position will report to the director of national security and justice policy.

Candidates must have a record of work related to national security, digital privacy and intelligence issues, including hands-on experience in or closely adjacent to the intelligence community. We are a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will serve an important function in helping to lead the organization’s work in the national security field. The selected candidate will be given freedom to pursue research within the national security and intelligence fields and will play a key role in directing R Street’s ongoing work and strategy in these areas.


  • The primary role of this position is to bridge the gap between the intelligence community and civil-society organizations, particularly those focused on civil liberties
  • This position is writing-intensive, with an emphasis on original scholarly research. In addition, this person will make regular contributions to the popular press, including op-eds and media interviews.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate an ability and willingness to engage personally and educate policymakers at multiple levels of government, including state legislators, congressional staff, members of Congress and federal agencies, possibly speaking and/or testifying before government agencies and legislative bodies.
  • This position also requires a detail-oriented applicant who can manage administrative tasks, including tracking, monitoring and reporting on work
  • We expect the successful candidate to contribute regularly to the website Lawfare.


  • Experience in the intelligence community or an entity directly adjacent to it, such as a relevant committee in Congress. Applicants with direct IC experience are preferred.
  • While an active top secret or higher clearance is not a requirement, some experience handling classified information is.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate-level degree in a job-relevant field is strongly preferred.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until the position has been filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our Washington office in late July or early August. Please be advised that the schedule is subject to change. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email with the subject line “National Security Policy Senior Fellow Application.” We are sensitive to the fact that intelligence work may make some qualifications difficult to describe on paper. An intelligence/national security credential letter may be submitted in lieu of a resume, so long as relevant job experience and education is addressed. The email address for applications is

NSA OGC Legal Honors Program


Responsibilities - The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking superior Honors Program applicants who are interested in joining its elite team of lawyers who provide legal advice to the Agency as it carries out its missions. At NSA OGC, you will analyze cutting-edge technical and intelligence issues and will frequently provide legal advice that relates to high-profile current events affecting our national security. Attorneys working in NSA OGC apply their expertise, skills, and education to solve a variety of challenges not found in the private sector or at any other government agency. You will have the opportunity to make a global impact on a daily basis as you work with other top caliber professionals at the highest levels of the Agency and across the U.S. Government. This critical work ensures that Agency operations comply with the law while also protecting both our national security and our civil liberties. NSA is the only entity in the U.S. Government charged with collecting foreign signals intelligence in support of the nation's efforts to counter the increasingly dangerous threats to U.S. security posed by terrorism, cyber actors, weapons of mass destruction, and hostile foreign governments. In addition, NSA is also charged with the protection of U.S. national security systems, including Department of Defense worldwide computer networks and other systems. In conducting these vital missions, NSA relies upon personnel with world-class technical and professional expertise.

Because the twin missions of NSA ' signals intelligence and information assurance ' encompass counterterrorism and cybersecurity, two of the most important and dynamic challenges our Government faces today, there is rarely a typical day for an NSA attorney. We are routinely presented with exciting and novel legal issues at the intersection of technology and law. In tackling these challenges, our attorneys work directly with senior officials at the Department of Justice's National Security Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council at the White House, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Defense, as well as other agencies in the Executive Branch and relevant committees of Congress.

NSA attorneys work in a highly classified setting and are entrusted with tremendous responsibility as they advise the Director and other senior leaders at the Agency on a diverse and complex spectrum of issues related to gathering the foreign intelligence information needed to fight international terrorism, espionage, transnational crime, and narcotics, to defeat foreign cyber adversaries trying to steal national secrets, and to provide intelligence support to critical military overseas tactical operations, all while protecting our civil liberties and ensuring strict compliance with the Constitution and our laws. Because the NSA is a Department of Defense agency, our attorneys have a unique opportunity to be directly involved in national security operations working alongside military and civilian colleagues, as well as to interact with the private sector in cybersecurity and other matters.

NSA OGC is looking for highly motivated entry-level attorneys to join its Legal Honors Program in Fall 2018. The Legal Honors Program is NSA OGC's exclusive entry-level attorney hiring program. The Program is a three-year term appointment that includes rotations through two of its seven legal practice groups, which provide legal advice on legislation, intelligence operations, cybersecurity, ethics, procurement, research and development, litigation, environmental law, patents, personnel security, and employment issues. Each Honors Program attorney will rotate through at least one practice group that directly advises on NSA mission activities. With appropriate training and supervision, NSA Honors Program attorneys are entrusted with immediate responsibility, working directly with clients and Agency leadership. Attorneys selected for the Legal Honors Program will also have special opportunities, available only to Honors Program attorneys, to attend high-level security briefings, meetings, and congressional hearings on national security issues, liaise directly with intelligence community partners and other federal agencies, and tour facilities throughout the intelligence community, all while working under the guidance and mentorship of a senior attorney assigned to them from among the leadership of NSA OGC. Honors attorneys will be well positioned at the close of their three-year term to apply successfully for a full-time attorney position within NSA OGC or to utilize the skills acquired during the Program to launch a career outside of the Agency in national security law or other legal disciplines.

Qualifications - Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate's background including: strong academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, superior writing and communication skills, past employment, a demonstrated commitment to government service, leadership, legal aid and clinical experience, and extracurricular activities. Eligibility is limited to:

- Law students graduating at the end of 2017 or in the spring of 2018 with no prior legal experience (other than summer associate or intern positions); or
- Law school graduates from 2016 or 2017 who are seeking their first legal position following a judicial clerkship or graduate law program that commenced immediately after law school graduation.

Applicants must be graduates of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. New law school graduates must, within 14 months of the commencement of their employment, pass a bar examination and become duly licensed to practice as an attorney in a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia. Applicants who are currently in a judicial clerkship or graduate law program must, prior to commencement of employment, be members in good standing of the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule - This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday. Salary Range: $66,510 - $123,234 *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. The selected candidate may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent appointment at a later date.

How To Apply - External

Key Dates: We anticipate reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis beginning in mid-July.

Even if you have applied through Symplicity, you must also apply on After submitting the online application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact to confirm that your online application was received. All candidates MUST apply on to be considered for a position in the Honors Program. Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from

- Cover letter
- Resume
- Short legal writing sample
- Law school transcripts
- 1-2 page personal statement that conveys why you want to work for the NSA or that communicates additional information about you or your background.

PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. DCIPS Disclaimer - The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

Organization: Department of Justice

Department: Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, National Security Division

Job Description: Intern project include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.

Qualifications: Applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of victims' issues would be useful but is not required.

Fall Internship: September-December (a minimum of two full days per week required)

Salary: Volunteer (uncompensated). If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process: Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

Tenure-Line Faculty Position in Cybersecurity Governance and Risk Management, Kogod School of Business at American University

The Department of Information Technology invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position at an open rank in cybersecurity governance and risk management for Academic Year 2017-18 (beginning August 21, 2017), subject to final budgetary approval.

Background. The Kogod School of Business has made a major commitment to be a world thought leader in cybersecurity governance and enterprise risk management. The school has established an academic research center (Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center), is offering courses in the cybersecurity management area, and is pursuing new opportunities in cybersecurity education.

Qualifications. Earned doctorate in business (information systems) or a related field or anticipated completion of a doctorate by August 21, 2017. Demonstrably successful record in teaching business courses in information systems or a related field. Ability to conduct research in cybersecurity that will lead to publications in premier journals.

Responsibilities. Teach cybersecurity courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in on-the-ground and on-line formats. Develop new programs and courses in cybersecurity education for corporate boards, managers, and employees. Create knowledge in the area of cybersecurity through rigorous research. Build the visibility and reputation of the school in cybersecurity in the business, policy, and scholarly communities. Participate in department, school, and university activities.

Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An application must include a cover letter, a current and complete curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and copies of all teaching evaluations. Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.

Requests for information should be directed to:

Ms. Takei Roach
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Kogod School of Business
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016-8044

For more information on the Kogod School of Business, consult

For more information on the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, consult

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Matthew Kahn is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School and a contributor at Lawfare. Prior to law school, he worked for two years as an associate editor of Lawfare and as a junior researcher at the Brookings Institution. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2017.

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