Stewart A. Baker

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Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.  From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.  His law practice covers homeland security, international trade, cybersecurity, data protection, and travel and foreign investment regulation. As an intelligence lawyer, Mr. Baker has been General Counsel of the National Security Agency and of the commission that investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war.  He is the author of Skating on Stilts, a book on terrorism, cybersecurity, and other technology issues, and he blogs about such topics on

Dr. Lamont Colucci

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Dr. Lamont Colucci was in the diplomatic corps of the U.S. Dept. of State and is today an Associate Professor and Chairman of Politics and Government at Ripon College. His primary area of expertise is United States national security and United States foreign policy. At Ripon, he is the coordinator for the National Security Studies program and teaches courses on national security, foreign policy, intelligence, terrorism, and international relations. Dr. Colucci has published a book entitled Crusading Realism: The Bush Doctrine and American Core Values After 9/11 and was contributing author of a book entitled The Day That Changed Everything: Looking at the Impact of 9/11 at the End of the Decade. In 2012 he finished a two volume series entitled The National Security Doctrines of the American Presidency: How They Shape Our Present and Future. Dr. Colucci was the Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria, in 2012 and obtained degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate in politics from the University of London, England. He is the recipient of several teaching awards and is a frequent columnist for the Washington Times, National Review, Weekly Standard, Defense News, and U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Colucci currently serves as a Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs for the American Foreign Policy Council, a Senior Adviser in National Security for Contingent Security, and an Advisor in National Security and Foreign Affairs to the NATO-oriented Conference of Defence Associations Institute. He served as founding interim Director for the Center for Politics at Ripon College. You can find out more at