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

July 26, 2017

Our featured guest speaker will be Cameron F. Kerry discussing “International Cooperation on Cybersecurity: Prospects and Pitfalls?” He is former General Counsel and Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, where he played a leadership role in privacy, cybersecurity, and the flow of information and technology across international borders.

As a member of the National Security Council “Deputy’s Committee,” he had a hand in cybersecurity policies, including the NIST framework as a centerpiece of cybersecurity policy.

National Security Committee Co-Chair Philip O'Neill will open the call and facilitate the discussion.

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

    AIJA 55th International Young Lawyers' Congress


    The event will be held on 08/30/2017 - 09/01/2017. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

    The Changing Landscape of M&A in India


    Deal activity in India soared in 2016. According to MergerMarket, deals worth $61.26b took place during the year ended March 31, 2017 compared with $27.62b during the comparable period the previous year. Deal activity is robust in 2017 as well. What explains the dramatic increase? What sectors are at ...

    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 .

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 24, 2017

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