National Security

National Security Program Mission

The McCain Institute’s National Security program area builds on many of the Institute’s core priorities, which include a commitment to sound, data-driven decision-making; investing in the next generation of leaders; and assuring that the United States maintains its commitment to a... Read More

Afghanistan Data Initiative

The war in Afghanistan has been a defining modern conflict for the United States and the international community. In an attempt to contribute to the current debate and future research, the McCain Institute is gathering a large sample of individual accounts reaching across the military... Read More

The Hunt for Black October

Mon, October 20, 2014

What first sounded like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel is turning out to be Moscow's first serious test of Western resolve since the invasion of Crimea earlier this year. While details are patchy and the situation is still unfolding, three separate credible eyewitness... Read More

Should the US save Syria?

Thu, February 07, 2013

Posted at Peacefare.netWhile the situation in Syria worsens and the death-toll rises, there is no consensus in Washington on whether the US should intervene to put an end to the Syrian humanitarian crisis. The McCain Institute this week launched its “Debate and Decision Series” by... Read More

Daniel Klingenberg

Daniel Klingenberg is the National Security Intern at The McCain Institute and a second-year law student at Arizona State University, where he is the President of the International Law Students Association. He grew up in Indiana and he received his B.S. in Finance and International... Read More

Ben Freakley

Senior Advisor

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley serves as the Professor of practice of Leadership for Arizona State University and as a Special Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow for Leadership Initiatives. Additionally, he serves at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. He... Read More

Everett Pyatt

Leader for the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program

Everett Pyatt is the Leader for the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership program. He is a career civil servant with experience in all fields of acquisition including R&D, program evaluation, and logistics. Previously, Mr. Pyatt served as Principal Deputy and... Read More

Clint Williamson

Senior Director for Law and National Security

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the Senior Director for Law and National Security at the McCain Institute and a Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University. He served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from June 2006 to... Read More