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Board of Directors / Fellows / Staff

CAST is managed by a Board of Directors that share the organization's concerns and are committed to the objective of providing evidence based research and unbiased information in the areas of counter-terrorism and national security.

Thomas Garwin

Mr. Garwin joined CAST as a Director and Senior Fellow working on projects in the cybersecurity and broader national security areas.  He most recently served at the Agency for International Development (USAID) as the senior advisor to the Administrator, providing guidance on various government programs, management processes, policies and analytic methods that are of particular interest to the Administrator.  Mr. Garwin was a former director of impact planning and improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as with the MacArthur Foundation.  Previously he served in a number of U.S. Government positions at the Department of Defense and the Congress.  He received his A.B. from Harvard where he also completed his M.A. and Ph.D. requirements.

Stephen E. Herbits

Mr. Herbits has had an extensive career in the U.S. Government, including the White House and the Department of Defense where he served as an advisor to several Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of Defense.  Outside government he has worked as Executive Vice President of the Seagram Company, and as an advisor to the President’s Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets, and former Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress.  He also served on the Gates Commission (All-Volunteer Armed Force).  Mr. Herbits’ career has specialized in “fixing” institutions – governmental, business and not-for-profit—with strategic planning and management consulting.

Harvey Rishikof

Mr. Rishikof is Chairman of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Nation Security and most recently Dean of the National Defense University.  Previously her served as Director of Cybersecurity and the Law, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University; Senior Policy Advisor to the National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Professor, National Security Law, National War College; and, Legal Counsel to the Deputy Director of the FBI.  Mr. Rishikof also served as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, where he served as chief of staff and liaison to the Executive Branch, Congress, the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the US Court.  He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute.

Nicolas Rostow

Dr. Rostow is Distinguished Research Professor at the National Defense University, specializing in international and national security law and affairs, and is also Senior Director of the Center for Strategic Research.  Dr. Rostow is also a Senior Research Scholar an Adjunct Professor at the Yale Law School.  Prior to joining NDU Dr. Rostow served as University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs at the State University of New York.  Previously his public service positions include:   General Counsel and Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Charles H. Stockton Chair in International Law, U.S. Naval War College; Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Counsel and Deputy Staff Director to the House Select Committee on Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China, 1998-99 (the Cox Committee investigation of high technology transfers to China); Special Assistant to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush for National Security Affairs and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council; Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; and Counsel to the President’s Special Review Board (The Tower Board), investigating the Iran-Contra Affair.  He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale, and his Ph.D. in history and J.D., also from Yale.  His extensive publications are in the fields of diplomatic history, international law, and issues of U.S. national security and foreign policy.

Abraham R. Wagner

Dr. Wagner teaches in the areas of national security law and intelligence at the Columbia Law School and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.  He has recently served as a Visiting Professor at New York University and the UCLA School of Law on topics of national security strategy, intelligence operations, and legal issues related to surveillance.  Dr. Wagner writes and consults on national security issues, with a focus on technical issues, such as the evolving threat from cyberterrorism, cybersecurity, and legal issues related to electronic surveillance.  Dr. Wagner also serves as a consultant to several U.S. Government agencies.  Prior to joining the Columbia faculty Dr. Wagner served in the U.S. Government, holding positions at the National Security Council, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.  He is the author of numerous books and articles, and is the co-author of the forthcoming legal text Cybersecurity and Cyberlaw (2014).  Dr. Wagner holds MA, PhD. and J.D. degrees.

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