Truman National Security Project

The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute-the nation’s only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security.

Our Mission is to provide the skills, knowledge, and network to create an influential force of leaders across the country who advance strong progressive national security policy.

Click here to hear from some of our Security Fellows, who are running for office around the country, advising presidential and Congressional campaigns, drafting legislation in the halls of Congress, assuming leadership posts in the military, playing key roles in local and national government, and working on the front lines of America’s homeland security.

Truman Security Fellowship

The Truman Security Fellowship is a highly competitive award for professionals ages 27-40 who show early promise to become our country’s future progressive leadership. The one-year Fellowship offers hands-on training in national security, communication, and politics; access to a powerful network of peers and leaders across the country; and opportunities to take part in communicating a strong internationalist security message.

Truman Security Fellows take part in monthly seminars in their home cities. These seminars deepen their security policy knowledge, and build skills to enable them to work together to affect change locally.  Fellows also enjoy experiential learning such as visits to military bases, emergency response centers, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force headquarters; meetings with local politicians, and discussions with guest speakers and peers who are experts in the security field.

Twice a year, in June and January, Truman Security Fellows come to Washington, DC for high-level conferences with senior policy and political leaders. At these conferences, Fellows meet the national network of Fellows and build lifelong ties with their community of peers.  They engage in communication and media training from experts in the field.  They meet with top political leaders to deepen their understanding of how politics affects the national security debate.  And they engage in policy discussions and scenarios with leading national security experts to increase expertise.  Conferences also include hands-on, personalized visits to national security sites, such as Quantico Marine Academy.

Once a year, Fellows also participate in a Regional Training Weekend. The weekend allows them to delve deeply into the rich tradition of values on which the Truman Project is based.  We also deepen skills in areas such as communications, politics, and organizing-all geared toward creating change locally.

We seek exceptionally accomplished and dedicated men and women who share President Truman’s Belief in muscular internationalism, and who believe that strong national security and strong liberal values are not antagonistic, but are two sides of the same coin.

Please visit our website for further information about the Truman Project, and click here to apply for the Security Fellowship.

Important Dates

February 18:

Spring 2010 Application Process Opens

March 15:

Application Deadline for Spring 2010 Class of Security Fellows

June 11-13:

Annual Conference in Washington DC (Mandatory for New Fellows )

Truman National Security Project

Director of Security Fellowship: Melissa Skorka

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