The Council on American Security
What is CAMSEC?
CAMSEC’s cadre is drawn from the military, intelligence, and homeland security communities. Our mission is to restore the principles of honor, integrity, and service – so diminished by this President – to those who keep us safe.
Sadly, the Commander in Chief’s blithely irrational grasp of American security posture has left us less safe – both globally and domestically – than we have been in generations. The United States must be respected. No friend or foe should ever again openly mock our Commander in Chief or doubt America’s determination. For generations the United States has been the respected, stable leader of the free world. We can be again.
"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us," -General James Mattis (ret.)
At home, the President debases American ideals which have made us the envy of the world: the right to vote, a free press, and an apolitical military. Abroad, Donald Trump has betrayed this nation’s staunchest allies, while backslapping with the world’s most notorious dictators and autocrats – Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Like those before us, we swore an oath of service before self, to defend the Constitution, the United States, and our communities against enemies foreign and domestic. We intend to keep that promise.
LCDR Greg Keeley, USN (ret.)
A former GOP senior staffer, immigrant, and Service-Disabled Combat Veteran, LCDR Keeley held senior roles in Congress with the Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
LCDR Keeley was commissioned into the US Navy from the Royal Australian Navy, with tours in several combat theaters including Afghanistan and Iraq. LCDR Keeley served most recently as Spokesman and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for NATO/U.S. Forces, Afghanistan under General John Allen. He also served as Bio-security Advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense Intelligence.
LCDR Keeley is a Veterans' advocate and founder of On Duty USA.
ADMIRAL Steve Abbot
Fmr. Acting Homeland Security Advisor
Admiral Steve Abbot retired as a four star Admiral after 34 years in the US Navy. Abbot began his career as a Naval Aviator after graduating from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, US Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, and naval nuclear power training. A Rhodes Scholar and Vietnam Veteran, Admiral Abbot later Commanded the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group while assigned as Commander, Carrier Group Eight during the Gulf War. From 1996-2000, Abbot served as Commander of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet and Deputy Commander in Chief, US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In his last military assignment, Abbot oversaw the daily activities of a Unified Command with an area of responsibility encompassing 89 countries and more than 13 million square miles. In the aftermath of the 9/11 Attacks, Abbot was the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor under Governor Tom Ridge, and later Acting Homeland Security Advisor until June 2003. Today, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a private, non-profit aid society dedicated to assisting Sailors, Marines and their families.
GENERAL Wesley Clark
Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
General Wesley Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army, having served in his last assignments as Commander of US Southern Command and then as Commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. In 1966, he graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement and was the principal author of both the US National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing US warfighting for full-spectrum dominance. In his final assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. General Clark is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors and commendations. General Clark is also the Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock. a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations, and Director of the Atlantic Council.
Former Commander of Joint Task Force - Katrina
Lieutenant General Honoré retired as a three star lieutenant general after serving 37 years in the US Army. A native of Lakeland, Louisiana, Honoré had the distinction of serving as Commander of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense 2005 responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. As Vice Director for Operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and as the Commander, Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security, United States Northern Command, General Honoré’s focus was Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. General Honoré planned and supported the United States military response to the devastating flooding which swept Venezuela 1999 and Mozambique in 2000. As Vice Director for Operations, he led the Defense Department’s planning and preparation for the anticipated Y2K Millennium anomaly. As Commander of SJFHQ-HLS under NORTHCOM direction, he planned and oversaw the military response to the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy and the DC Sniper Shootings.
Ambassador to Guinea and Burundi
Ambassador Patricia N. Moller served as America’s top diplomat in both Guinea and Burundi. As a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, she served in numerous roles, including Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. Ambassador Moller’s initial Foreign Service assignments were in Munich, Germany and Madras, India. During the days of bilateral negotiations with Vietnam, Moller served as Vietnam Desk Officer to reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries. She later served as a management officer in the US Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia. Her tour in Serbia coincided with the crisis in Kosovo, which resulted in Moller, the ambassador, and other remaining embassy officials being evacuated just as US Navy jets participated in NATO air strikes against Serbian military forces. Ambassador Moller served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yerevan, Armenia and spent three years in Tiblisi, Georgia. Prior to her career with the Department of State, Ambassador Moller spent 10 years as an investment banker with Smith Barney.
Deputy Postmaster General
Ronald Stroman retired in May 2020 as the Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer for the United States Postal Service. A 1977 graduate of Manhattan College, Stroman received a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1977. Following school, Stroman worked as an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1978-1984. He then moved to the US House of Representatives, serving first as counsel on the Judiciary Committee, then the Committee on Government Operations. Ron was then the minority staff director and counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Additionally, Stroman was director for the US Department of Transportation, as well managing director for the Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness. He returned to the House of Representatives in 2009 as staff director for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform before joining the Postal Service. As Deputy Postmaster General, Stroman served on USPS’ Board of Governors and the Executive Leadership Team. He oversaw and facilitated USPS’ relationship with Congress, as well as with federal, state, and local agencies. Stroman also spearheaded the Postal Service’s relationship with the Universal Postal Union as well as the Department of State on international postal policy.
Former Member, Senior Intelligence Services & Former Chief of Station
John Sipher retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, which included serving in Moscow and running the CIA’s Russia operations. Sipher served multiple overseas tours, as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station, in Europe, Asia, and other high-threat environments. He retired as a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, the leadership team that guides CIA activities globally. John served as a lead instructor in the CIA’s clandestine training school and was a regular lecturer at the CIA’s Leadership Development Program. He is the recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. A foreign policy and intelligence expert, and social media influencer (Twitter: @john_sipher), John is the co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment. John is from Cortland, NY and graduated from Hobart College. He has a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. At Hobart, he was the captain of the four-time national champion lacrosse team. He has attended a variety of executive courses at Harvard University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, The Aspen Institute, and the Intelligence Community’s Executive Leadership program.
A/DIRECTOR John Sandweg
Former Acting Director, Immigration & Customs Enforcement
From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Sandweg served as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where he led 20,000 employees in every state and 47 countries in fulfilling the agency’s mission to enhance public safety and border security through the enforcement of federal border control, customs, trade, and immigration laws. Prior to his position as the Acting Director of ICE, Mr. Sandweg served as the Acting General Counsel of DHS from 2012-2013, where he served as the chief legal officer for the agency, and advised the DHS Secretary and the Department’s senior leadership on all significant legal, policy, and operational issues. Prior to becoming Acting General Counsel, Mr. Sandweg served as a Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, where he helped craft DHS’s immigration, border security, and law enforcement policy. John Sandweg is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he leads the Cross-Border Risks team, focusing on complex national security, immigration, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compliance matters. Mr. Sandweg began his legal career in private practice and holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Arizona State University School of Law.
Congressional Communications Director
Tara Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill. Setmayer is a 2020 Harvard Institute of Politics Resident Fellow and Senior Advisor for The Lincoln Project. She is currently the host of the podcast, "Honestly Speaking with Tara". With a husband who is a career Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Tara is a proud “National Security Spouse”. Tara often appears on CNN's prime time programs and contributes to ABC's Good Morning America, Nightline. and guest hosts The View. In 2017, Tara was named as a Board Director for Stand Up Republic, a non profit organization formed in the wake of the 2016 election of Donald Trump to unite Americans behind the defense of democratic norms, ideals and institutions. Having worked as the Communications Director for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) for seven years, she successfully led the national effort to free unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean through a presidential commutation issued by President George W. Bush on his last working day in office. In addition to her communications duties for Rep. Rohrabacher, Setmayer handled policy issues on immigration and federal law enforcement.
MAJOR ADAM DeMARCO
Former XO, US European Command (USEUCOM)
Adam DeMarco graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served on active duty in the 1st Cavalry and 1st Armored Divisions as a Field Artillery Officer prior to joining the D.C. National Guard. He has led from platoon to division levels and commanded the Headquarters, 74th Troop Command, DC National Guard. Additional assignments include serving as a legislative liaison with the National Guard Bureau, Operations Officer with the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA), and as Executive Officer at the United States European Command (USEUCOM). His combat and overseas deployments include Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve. Upon leaving active duty and joining the National Guard, Adam began his career in consulting, focused primarily on national security matters. Adam serves as a Director of Marketing for a nationwide veteran service organization, Warrior Rising, which aims to support and enable veteran entrepreneurs. Adam holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an M.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service, and has completed coursework at the National Intelligence University and the United States Army Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf medals. Adam currently resides in Washington, DC, with his dog, George.
Former Director of Security for the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Mr. Joyal is a nationally recognized expert in national security affairs. He served as a federal law enforcement officer specializing in counter-terrorism. He was also Director of Security for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was principle analyst for Project Slammer, an IC Staff counterintelligence study on incarcerated spies. In addition to his focus on domestic law enforcement and national security entities, Mr. Joyal has extensive international experience, including as Editor-in-Chief of the “Daily Report on Russia”. Paul was decorated by President Eduard Shevardnadze with the Government of Georgia’s Order of Honor, their highest civilian award. This was for his service promoting Georgian independence, strengthening its national security and integration with the West. Mr. Joyal currently serves as Managing Director: NSI - Public Safety, Homeland Security and Intelligence. A frequent commentator on former Soviet Union, counter-terrorism and intelligence affairs for BBC, ABC, NBC, Dateline, Nightline, TIME, Newsweek and other media outlets, he holds a master’s degree in international relations from Catholic University of America and was an International Fellow of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas.
A former U.S. Navy Aviator, Dan Barks flew carrier-based A-6E Intruders for the U.S. Navy and served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Mr. Barks also spent a year in the Iraqi theater of operations. After his service to our country, Dan entered law school at the University of South Carolina, graduating with honors. Dan is an active member of the Bars of the states of Georgia, Virginia and New York. In addition to his admissions to several United States District Courts, Dan is admitted and qualified before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has operated Blue Star Consortium for more than a decade, and has close personal ties with political and business leaders around the globe. Dan understands solving problems on a truly global scale.