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Cody M. Poplin
Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:02 AM

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Monday, November 16th from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold The 2015 Global Security Forum. The forum will include a keynote address from CIA Director John Brennan as well as breakout sessions throughout the day on Russia, Iran, the South China Sea, Iraq and Syria, and the TPP. For a full agenda of panels and speakers, and information on registration and livesteams, see the CSIS event page.

Monday, November 16th at 11 am: The Brookings Institution will host an event on The Future of US-EU Data Transfer Arrangements. Brookings Visiting Fellow Cameron Kerry will moderate a discussion with Vera Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality. RSVP.

Monday, November 16th at 2 pm: Later in the day, Brookings will convene A Look at the Policy Options in War-torn Syria. Panelists Dan Byman, Will McCants, Kenneth Pollack, and Tamara Cofman Wittes will participate in a conversation moderated by Michael O'Hanlon. Register here.

Tuesday, November 17th at 2 pm: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing on Terrorist Financing: Kidnapping, Antiquities Trafficking, and Private Donations. John Cassara, Michael D. Danti, Diane Foley, and David Andrew Weinberg will provide testimony. Find more information on the committee's website.

Wednesday, November 18th at 10 am: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a joint hearing on the Rise of Radicalism: Growing Terrorist Sanctuaries and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland. Peter Bergen, Michael Chertoff, and Matthew G. Olsen will provide testimony. For more information, please see the hearing notice.

Thursday, November 19th at 12 pm: At the Atlantic Council, William Wiley, Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Rolf Mützenich and Faysal Itani will discuss Justice Mechanisms in the Syrian Conflict: Impunity under Scrutiny. RSVP.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

National Security Internship, The Brookings Institution, Lawfare

Spring 2016 Internship

(with Academic Credit or External Sponsorship)

Focused on Research

National Security - Lawfare

Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Internship Summary

This academic focused internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This intern will assist with running and maintaining Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues.

Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.

This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

Learning Objectives

Students will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as writing, research and blog maintenance. Learning will fall into three main categories:


  • Work with Associate Editor to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 3-4 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary.”
  • Work with Associate Editor to co-write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic announcements, and employment announcements.
  • Work with the Associate Editor to co-write a regular deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue.
  • Sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare content.


  • Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed. Current projects include research on data and technology proliferation and their implications for security and a paper on technology and privacy.
  • Work to develop the Lawfare Wiki by taking a deep research dive into one or two areas of national security law. The intern will identify key primary source materials, summarize relevant documents, and create and develop the topic page on Lawfare.

Maintaining the blog:

  • Tag and categorize all Lawfare posts
  • Track relevant Congressional hearings
  • Track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar

In addition to providing support to the scholars directly, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns and staff throughout the Institution.


Graduate or undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in government, political science, international relations, and law are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills---preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience as a research assistant.

Application Procedure

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants should send all materials to, providing the following documents:

1. A cover letter highlighting your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals; and

2. A resume along with college transcripts and contact information for three academic or professional references. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.

EEO Statement

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the opportunity is filled. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required.

Associate Counsel, Department of the Navy

Position: Associate Counsel

Grade: GS-14/15

Application Deadline: 11/16/2015

Position Information:

There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). The Office of Counsel, SSP, is located within SSP's headquarters at Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

SSP, an Echelon II Command, is responsible for the development, production, and maintenance of the Department of the Navy's (DON) Submarine Launched Fleet Ballistic Missile Systems, including the TRIDENT II (D-5) Missle Weapons System and other nuclear weapons security programs.

SSP is also responsible within the DON for the planning and support necessary to ensure DON compliance with all U.S. arms control treaties and agreements. SSP's Office of Consel provides legal support to SSP's headquarters and its 6 field offices and 5 detachments, which are located throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. SSP's Office of Counsel provides legal support in all areas of the Navy Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) practice, including federal procurement law, civilian personnel law, environmental law, ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/classification, international law, and intellectual property.

For more information on the duties of this specific position or for how to apply, please visit the employment announcement.

Law Student Volunteer, Summer

About the Office:

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks summer interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of the National Security Division is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. The NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description:

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


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants 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 national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. 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

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application --- Summer 2016”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Summer 2016 - December 15

Please send all applications to the email address

Number of Positions: 2

Cody Poplin is a student at Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Cody worked at the Brookings Institution and served as an editor of Lawfare. He graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with degrees in Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense.

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