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Cody M. Poplin
Monday, January 4, 2016, 12:50 AM

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Monday, January 4th at 10:30 am: At the Brookings Institution, Michael O'Hanlon will moderate a panel with Ché Bolden, Jason Cone, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Ann Vaughan on Stability and Human Security in Afghanistan in 2016. RSVP.

Tuesday, January 5th at 12 pm: The Cato Institute will host New York Times reporter Charlie Savage for a discussion of his recent book Power Wars. Michael Glennon will provide comments while Gene Healy will moderate the discussion. Watch the event live online or register to attend here.

Thursday, January 7th at 10 am: The Center for American Progress will hold a panel discussion on What's at Stake in this Supreme Court Term? Neera Tanden will provide introductory remarks for a panel that will feature Debo Adegbile, Walter Dellinger, Cynthia Estlund, and Dawn Johnsen. Ruth Marcus will moderate. RSVP.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Herbert Scoville, Jr. Fellowship

Job Description

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides full-time six to nine month fellowships for recent college and graduate school alumni to work on international peace and security issues with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations in Washington, DC. Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and resolution, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, defense budget, and peacekeeping. They may also attend coalition meetings, Congressional hearings, and policy briefings, as well as meetings with policy experts arranged by the program.


Candidates must have an excellent academic record and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues. Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. The program is open to all U.S. citizens and to non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. eligible for employment. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Salary and Benefits

Scoville Fellows are paid at an annual rate of $34,800 ($2,900 per month), and receive health insurance, mentoring, a small stipend to attend conferences or courses, and travel costs to DC to begin the fellowship.

Application Deadline

Fall 2016 Fellowship–January 4, 2016

Spring 2017 Fellowship–September 30, 2016

Submitting Applications

For complete information see

Director, Cyber Security Risk

Company: Good Harbor Security Risk Management, LLC, is a boutique consulting firm that advises senior corporate executives, Boards, government leaders, and investment professionals on cyber security risk management. Good Harbor is led by Chairman and CEO Richard Clarke, an internationally renowned expert and former White House advisor to three presidents on cyber security, counterterrorism, and national security.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Director, Cyber Security Risk

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

THE POSITION: Good Harbor is seeking a highly motivated, diligent, and dependable individual to join its Washington, D.C. office as a director.

Position responsibilities include the following:

- Lead client service delivery, including leading client meetings, reports, and presentations

- Lead business development activities, including researching companies and issues, preparing decks and memos, writing proposals, attending conferences, and engaging with prospective clients

- Support development of intellectual property and methodologies through research and writing

- Conduct reporting, research, and writing on a range of cyber security topics

- Coordinate with the company’s administrative and marketing activities such as contracts, human resources, and social media/online presence

The position is based in Washington, D.C. with up to ~20 percent domestic travel and the option for occasional international travel. This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary based on qualifications and generous benefits.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE AND QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has the following characteristics and qualifications:

- Five to ten years work experience

- A degree (Masters preferred) in business, technology, public policy, security studies, or another relevant field

- Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal communications skills

- Experience in a consulting business (commercial sector preferred)

- Experience managing projects

- Knowledge of cyber security issues

- Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail

- Comfortable working independently with little guidance and also within a team in a fastpaced environment

- Discreet and trustworthy

- Interest in national security and technology

DEADLINE AND HOW TO APPLY: We are always looking for talented candidates and can be reached via year-round to discuss opportunities. For the Director position, we anticipate receiving applications until January 15, 2016 and making recruitment decisions in Q1. Qualified candidates should apply by sending the following information to a CV; a cover letter; confirmation of work authorization in the U.S. (specify U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or details of other work authorization); and, a short writing sample (2-5 pages demonstrating writing suitable for a professional consulting environment). All documents should be in PDF format. Please include “Director” in the subject line.

Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement, Human Rights Watch

Description: The US Program of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly qualified Researcher on National Security, Surveillance, and Domestic Law Enforcement to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses related to the rights abuses occurring at the intersection between national security policies, US mass surveillance, and domestic law enforcement policies and practices. The role of the Researcher may include documenting and assessing the rights implications of involving domestic law enforcement in national security operations, prosecutors’ use of information derived from US mass surveillance in preparing criminal cases, or the rights implications of the use of new tools of surveillance by local police or immigration enforcement agencies. The position reports to the Director of the US Program. The position will be preferably based in Washington DC, but other locations may be considered.

Qualifications: Education: A US law degree (J.D.) or an advanced degree in US national security, criminal law/policy, journalism, or a related field is required.

Experience: Minimum four years of relevant experience is required. Relevant experience may include among other things, work as an investigative reporter or attorney on issues related to privacy, surveillance, national security and domestic law enforcement; analysis and advocacy on for nonprofit advocacy or impact litigation organizations; or work in government on policies relating to national security, privacy, surveillance, and/or criminal law.

Related Skills and Knowledge: 1. Extensive knowledge of national security, privacy, surveillance, and criminal law in the US is required; 2. Deep commitment to human rights is required; 3. Proven track record of producing timely first-rate written products and editing experience is required. 4. Exceptionally strong research, analytical, writing, and editing skills are required. 5. Experience conducting challenging investigative research inside the United States is highly desirable. 6. Expertise or familiarity with relevant technology is highly desirable. 7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and strong public speaking skills, are required; proficiency in other languages, such as Spanish or Arabic, is highly desirable; experience with TV, radio, print, and social media is highly desirable. 8. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW and in a diverse environment, as well as with partners, are required. 9. Capacity to appropriately plan and prioritize and to manage multiple, sometimes competing demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced environment are required.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Other: Applicants for this position must be willing to travel frequently and be prepared to spend extensive time outside the office doing research or advocacy.

Contact: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary requirements, a brief non-legal writing sample (no briefs or legal memos and unedited by others) and three references to Please use “National Security Researcher Application Ref: USP-15- 1078” as the subject of your email.

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office:

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. 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; 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”. 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:

Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

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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