American Bar Association
Section of International Law: National Security Committee

Section of International Law:
National Security Committee

About the Committee

National Security Committee members examine political, military, economic, social, legal and naturally occurring events throughout the world and evaluate how they affect the security interests of the United States and other nations. Members analyze these events, and responses of decision-makers, in the context of the rule of law. Members are active in the areas of intelligence, immigration, cybersecurity, asymmetrical warfare, supply chain security, nuclear non-proliferation, space weaponization, international governing bodies such as the UN and NATO, and in various geographic regions worldwide. Members produce programs for regular ABA International Section meetings and other venues, including the United Nations and Capitol Hill, publish articles and promulgate policy proposals regarding national security topics.

Committee Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

National Security Committee Monthly Teleconference

June 28, 2017

The National Security Committee will hold its next monthly conference call on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3 pm WDC Time.

Wolfgang PUSZTAI will be our guest speaker.

Dear Colleagues,

Wolfgang PUSZTAI is a Security & Policy Analyst that specializes in Libya, the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region). He will be addressing the National Security Committee during our next Committee Call, on June 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM, DC time, on the Methods and Operations of the Islamic State (IS) in Libya and the Maghreb.

Wolfgang possesses an extensive military and academic background in strategy. His education includes a Master of Science in Political Science from the University of Vienna and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University/National War College in Washington D.C. He is a distinguished graduate from these senior-level educational facilities.

Wolfgang´s extensive military experience includes multiple positions on the strategic level in the Austrian MoD/General Staff including several international assignments (national, EU and NATO). He has also worked for an extended period of time in the intelligence business. From 2007 to 2012 he was Austria´s Defense Attaché to Italy, Greece, Tunisia and Libya and spent quite some time on the ground during the “Arab Spring,” including the organization and evacuation of hundreds of Austrian and EU citizens from Libya at the beginning of the Revolution and multiple reconnaissance missions thereafter.

Wolfgang has lectured and written extensively about strategy and developments in North Africa with an emphasis on Libya, Tunisia and the Islamic State. He has earned praise for the cogency of his assessments, forecasts, and country risk analyses.

Wolfgang is presently the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the “National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations".

Jonathan M. Meyer
Attorney at Law
Vice Chair, National Security Committee, ABA SIL

When USG Leases High-Security Space from Foreign Owners

May 18, 2017

Section of International Law

National Security Committee

Reed Smith LLP
1301 K Street, N.W.
Suite 1000, East Tower
Washington, DC 20005-3317

On January 31st, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the U.S. Government (USG) released a report examining the beneficial ownership of buildings leased through the General Services Administration (GSA). It found that found that GSA is leasing high-security space from foreign owners in 20 buildings. The 26 tenant agencies occupy about 3.3 million square feet and use the space, in some cases, for classified operations and to store law enforcement evidence and sensitive data. GAO was unable to identify ownership information for about one-third of the high-security leases because ownership information was not readily available.

GAO will discuss the findings and recommendations in its report (found here). Their team members will be joined by colleagues who are engaged in follow-up actions, triggered by these findings.


Michael J. Lowell, Co-Chair, International Trade and National Security Group, Reed Smith LLP
Toni Gillich, Assistant Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, GAO


Keith Cunningham, Assistant Director, Physical Infrastructure, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Cam Flores, Attorney, General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Jaclyn Cahan, Counsel, Office of Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08)
Eryn Schornick, Counsel, Policy Advisor, Global Witness
Kurt Stout, EVP, Colliers International

Section Events

    Managing Cybersecurity Due Diligence in Technology M&A Transactions


    The event will be held on 09/12/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Section of Antitrust Law,Center for Professional Development,Business Law Section,Section of International Law,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Doing Business in the Carribbean: A Primer


    This one day program is a pre-meeting module leading up to the ABA Section of International Law's Fall Conference in Miami from October 24-28, 2017. Please visit the brochure posted below to see a complete draft agenda for this

    2017 Section of International Law Fall Conference

    JW Marriott Marquis

    The ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference will feature nearly 70 break-out CLE sessions as well as daily key note luncheon addresses and nightly reception. Attendance is anticipated at over 1,000 individuals. Please note the following important information and deadlines: Registrations - ...

Past Committee Programs

A collection of materials from past Committee-sponsored events.



Hendrix, Steven
Lindholm, Danielle
O'Neill, Philip


Carlson, James
Goodale, Geoffrey
Liebman, Todd
Meyer, Jonathan
Prestia, Joseph
Trujillo, Maximiliano
Vallandingham, Christopher


Drew, Rodger

Committee Roster  

Modified by Christopher Vallandingham on July 13, 2017

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