The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By William Ford
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 9:18 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host the inaugural conference of the Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology. Andrew Glazzard and Erin Saltman will deliver introductory remarks, followed by a series of panel discussions on issues such as content moderation and regulation, far-right terrorism, and the future of technology and terrorism. Watch the event live.

Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m.: CSIS will host Vice Adm. William Merz, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, for a discussion on Maritime Security Dialogue: Shifting to the High-End Fight. Mark Cancian will join Merz in discussion. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Wednesday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m.: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a panel discussion on U.S.-ROK Cooperation in Korean Unification: A Stabilization Framework. Discussants will include Chung Min Lee; Kathleen Stephens, the former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea; Gilbert Rozman; Marcus Noland; and Patrick Cronin. Register to attend.

Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.: The Heritage Foundation will host a discussion on Rebutting False Disarmament Narratives. Christopher Ford, the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, will join Thomas Spoehr in conversation. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Friday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m.: The German Marshall Fund of the United States will host a panel discussion titled, “Diversifying Diplomacy: A Conversation with Women of Color Leaders at the State Department.” Discussants will include Kiron Skinner, the director of the office of policy planning and the senior policy advisor to the secretary of state; Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs; and Yleem D.S. Poblete, the assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance. Reta Jo Lewis will moderate the panel. Register to attend.

Call for Papers

The National Intelligence University, in collaboration with the NCR Intelligence Studies Consortium, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers. The NIU will be holding a Faculty Works-in-Progress Conference at the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda (ICC-B) facility in Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday, June 20, 2019. We are accepting submissions on any unclassified topic related to National Security Law and/or Professional Ethics.

Please email an abstract (500 words or less) in Word or PDF format to co-chairs Dr. Christopher Bailey ( and Dr. David Kritz ( The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, May 3, 2019. Decisions will be made by Friday, May 17. If your paper is selected for presentation, please be prepared to submit a draft of your paper to the organizers by Friday, May 31. We anticipate selecting between six and eight papers for presentation, as well as inviting a limited number of other persons to attend this small group event.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Research Assistant and Associate Editor, Lawfare (Interested candidates must apply through Brookings to be considered for this position.)


The Research Assistant assists with the maintenance and publication of Lawfare, a national security law website, in the Governance Studies (GS) program at The Brookings Institution. Provides research and administrative assistance on a diverse array of projects connected with the legal framework of American national security policy. Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision, draft summaries of findings, and assists with preparation of publications. Collaborates with GS Communication staff on matters pertaining to public/private events and GS Development staff on matters pertaining to donor proposals.


Editorial and Research Assistance (60%)

  • With guidance from Senior Fellow, researches and collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, database, Internet, non-profit organizations, etc.) on relevant topics for publication on Lawfare.
  • Collects and prepares data from various sources for qualitative analysis, drafting and summarization of information.
  • Provides editing and review assistance in preparation for publication.
  • Work with Lawfare editorial team to ensure content is up-to-date and accurate, publish and design content, and perform other site maintenance duties as necessary.
  • Proofread, update, and fact-check existing data and footnotes; finalize documents in preparation for publication.

Administrative Support (40%)

  • Coordinates logistics for Lawfare and Brookings project. This includes scheduling guests on the Lawfare podcast, identifying dates for presentation, coordinating calls and communication with external authors to the Lawfare blog.
  • Assists with scheduling and coordinating internal and external events and meetings for Senior Fellow.
  • Collaborates with development and communications staff as needed, including confirming fellow or senior fellow availability and interests, recent publications and activity, and relevance of recent work to various external requests for information.
  • Provides administrative support for the Brookings Cybersecurity Project and other Lawfare and Brookings projects, as needed.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, or a related field required. Academic background in constitutional law, the judiciary, or legal questions surrounding security issues is highly preferable. Demonstrated interest in the law desired. Interest in issues pertaining to national security required desirable.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Outstanding writing, analytical, and research skills, demonstrated through prior relevant research experience. Journalism experience preferred. Ability to write clearly and with minimal supervision is required. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources and capacity to conduct independent research is a must. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and organizational skills are also required, as well as ability to take initiative and work in a fast-paced environment. Basic familiarity with Word Press or PHP is a plus.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Trial Attorney, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Department of Justice Criminal Division

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

About the Office:

The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) strives to do justice and protect victims of computer and intellectual property crime by uniquely combining technical expertise, legal insight, and effective advocacy. In implementing this goal, CCIPS pursues three overarching goals: to deter and disrupt computer and intellectual property crime, to guide the proper collection of electronic evidence by investigators and prosecutors, and to provide technical and legal advice and assistance to agents and prosecutors in the U.S. and around the world. It executes this mission in a wide variety of ways, including (a) by pursuing and coordinating investigations and prosecutions, and helping others to do so; (b) through activities that build the international legal and operational environment that allows for successful investigations and prosecutions; (c) by providing expert legal and technical advice and support to the Department, investigative agencies, and other executive branch agencies; and (d) by developing and advocating for computer and intellectual property crime policies and legislation.

Job Description:

Section attorneys are responsible for independently investigating, prosecuting, and trying computer crime and intellectual property matters. Attorneys in the section:

  • Investigate and prosecute cases involving intellectual property violations and attacks on computers and computer networks;
  • Advise prosecutors and law enforcement agents about technology issues;
  • Train investigators and other prosecutors and speak to a variety of domestic and foreign audiences;
  • Propose, write, and advise on legislation and policy relating to computer and intellectual property crimes and to the collection of electronic evidence;
  • Engage in and support litigation relating to the collection of electronic evidence;
  • Lead international efforts to promote effective cooperation to address the threats of computer and intellectual property crime; and
  • Draft policies and monographs addressing significant issues relating to these responsibilities.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Criminal prosecution or defense experience;
  • Experience with complex investigations and the use of legal process (such as subpoenas and wiretap orders), especially in gathering electronic evidence;
  • Technical knowledge of computers, networking, and investigative technologies (such as tracing Internet communications, computer programming, digital forensics, and information security);
  • Knowledge of criminal statutes for which CCIPS has responsibility, including criminal provisions in federal copyright, trademark, and trade secret statues, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through well-organized and accurately written documents;
  • Ability to perform cogent and correct legal analysis on a variety of contentious and complex substantive issues;
  • Ability to provide legal advice to others;
  • Experience with legislative or policy development, especially policy related to criminal law, intellectual property, attacks on computer networks, and the collection of electronic evidence;
  • Substantive knowledge of criminal procedure, particularly as it relates to obtaining electronic evidence;
  • International training or experience, particularly in negotiating international agreements, in mutual legal assistance, and in fields related to CCIPS' work, such as computer security or intellectual property rights protection;
  • Working experience with U.S. government structures and inter-agency processes, especially relating to computer or intellectual property crime or the development of military, intelligence, or IT security policy;
  • Experience developing and delivering training programs and oral presentations on law enforcement subjects; and
  • Experience working with foreign government officials, providing training to foreign audiences, and familiarity with U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Internet and technology issues.
Salary: The salary range for this position is $117,191 – $166,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at
Travel: Travel for litigation, training, and outreach is required. Litigation travel may be occasionally extensive.
Application Process: The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy:

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: Few

Policy Fellow, Children and Technology, R Street Institute

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks to hire a fellow for a new position conducting policy research on children and technology. If you care about children, believe in free markets and want to make a real difference in public policy, this may be the opportunity for you.

Specifically, the Technology and Innovation Policy department at R Street is looking to develop a program that investigates the role of technology as it affects children. Issues and areas of focus will largely be up to the discretion of the selected fellow, but may include the following:

  • Privacy laws and regulations, particularly pertaining to children
  • Children’s use of social media and other online technologies
  • Educational use of technology
  • Free expression interests particularly as they relate to children
  • Reviewing scientific literature on children and technology

Your typical day at R Street may include revising a research paper on a proposed change to privacy law, briefing an FTC staffer on R Street’s newest research and providing a reporter with insight about the impacts of social media on child development. The position will report to the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in issues such as privacy, education, children’s welfare and human development.
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for relevant technology policy areas, including privacy, free speech and online advertising.
  • Familiarity with at least some of the key legal regimes such as COPPA, FTC authority, CDA Section 230 and advertising regulations.
  • Passion for free markets and limited, effective government.
  • At least five years of experience pertinent to this position. While full-time experience in the paid workforce is certainly valuable, other types of experience such as caring for children who are members of one’s own family or volunteering for a non-profit may also be germane. If this type of non-workforce experience does not appear on your resume, please outline it in your cover letter.
  • An educational background that will support your work in this position. An advanced degree pertinent to the work such as a J.D., a Master’s Degree in Public Policy/Government, Master of Arts in Teaching, or a Master’s Degree in Child Development is highly desirable. Significant relevant experience and proven accomplishments related to this position can, however, take the place of these or any other specific educational credentials.
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization.

This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), wellness benefits, an employer-subsidized mobile phone benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a four percent match and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that's illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until it is filled. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Senior Fellow, National Security & Cybersecurity, The R Street Institute

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks an expert on national security and cybersecurity to join a growing world-class team focused on finding real solutions to some of the toughest challenges that society faces in these areas. If you are the right fit, you will report to the Institute’s Director of National Security and Cybersecurity. If you want to join an energetic organization and do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need.

Your typical day at R Street would include finishing edits on a major policy paper that you drafted, writing a new op-ed on cybersecurity topics; doing a television interview on a recent cyber intrusion; and briefing a senior Congressional staffer on R Street’s latest national security white paper.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Scholarship and Writing. Producing world-class scholarship intended to find real solutions on a timely basis to challenging and complex national security and cybersecurity problems, including conducting independent research and producing a range of high-quality written products for a wide variety of audiences, ranging from scholarly articles to blog posts.
  • Leadership. Engaging at a leadership level with an array of public and private sector stakeholders on difficult national security and cyber matters at national and international conferences, in high-profile media engagements, in private meetings with policymakers and in other educational contexts. Identifying and addressing emerging issues, especially those involving cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence.
  • Teamwork. Supporting the entire R Street National Security and Cybersecurity team in developing and maintaining the highest standards of scholarship; identifying and engaging effectively with key donors and writing grant proposals; and responding quickly and insightfully to fast-changing world and national events.

We have high expectations and standards, but we also strive to create a collaborative and supportive team environment.

Other Aspects of Your Role

  • Be excellent—all of your work and interactions should be world-class.
  • Be nice—support your teammates, pitch in, and don’t be a jerk.
  • Be open minded and assertive at the same time—think critically, speak your mind and be open to being wrong.
  • Business development—help develop and maintain great relationships with new and current donors.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other policy programs and divisions within R Street, such as communications and government affairs, to accomplish established goals and identify cross-cutting opportunities.
  • Identify new and unique policy initiatives that will attract support from a wide range of donors.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Advanced degree(s) in relevant fields plus at least five years of post-graduate experience
  • Exceptional analytical and communications skills with an ability to synthesize complex information quickly and explain complicated concepts clearly and concisely
  • Superior interpersonal skills and a strong team orientation
  • Strong writing skill as demonstrated by published work
  • Relevant practical experience in a public or private sector cybersecurity or national security role
  • Ability to serve effectively in a cross-functional role, working simultaneously with several different R Street organizational units
  • Excellent attention to detail and an ability to manage effectively competing interests and priorities
  • Passion for free markets and limited, effective government
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization

This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; an employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with up to a 4 percent match; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.

Managing Director, Aspen Cybersecurity Group, Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Managing Director oversees and facilitates the work of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group – a cross-sector group of former senior government officials, Members of Congress, private sector executives, academics, journalists, and civil society leaders. This includes regularly engaging with group members and their teams to prepare for group meetings, manage processes for group products, draft talking points and opinion pieces, and develop issues memos.

More broadly, the Managing Director works in consultation with the Executive Director on other aspects of Program activities and administration, including the funding of and development of projects within the scope of the Program's interests. The Managing Director is a critical position that works in an engaged, comprehensive consultation and full partnership with the Executive Director on all aspects of program activities and administration, including the development of projects within the scope of the Program’s interests. The Managing Director will bring strong program and staff management skills and must possess significant analytical content experience in the issues the Program addresses.

The Managing Director will also represent the Program in key partnerships, policy and funder meetings, as well as become a respected leader in the field.


Essential duties and responsibilities are as follows. Other responsibilities may be added as necessary.


  • Work closely in-sync with the Executive Director to develop and execute on program strategy and annual management plan for Program;

  • Work with Executive Director on development of thought leadership for the Program.

  • Identify strategic partnerships across cybersecurity and technology sectors for the Program and Cyber Group to participate in and ensure value added;

Aspen Cybersecurity Group

  • Work with group leadership to develop and execute overall group strategy;

  • Develop agendas for group meetings and teleconferences;

  • Working with the Partnerships & Events Manager, manage all logistical elements related to group meetings, including: vendor contracts, communications, and meeting set up;

  • Engage group members and their teams to ensure continued and sustained progress on substantive group issues, including writing issue memos, conducting research, managing the editorial process, and ensuring an inclusive process;

  • Regularly engage stakeholders to expand opportunities to publicize the group’s work;

  • Working with the Partnerships & Events Manger, execute on public events to highlight the group’s recommendations;

  • Serve as primary author of group-related materials, including talking points, issue memos, and opinion pieces.

Budgeting and Fundraising

  • Assist director in raising program funds from foundations, corporations and individuals, and creating new revenue streams. This includes grant writing, correspondence, relationship building, and ensuring the receipt of funds.

  • Develop the budget for the Aspen Cyber Group for director approval; monitor and adjust throughout the budget cycle as required.

  • Work in partnership with program leadership and Aspen partners to engage and secure conference and roundtable sponsors;

  • Administer financial aspects of foundation grants and ensure Program compliance with other requirements of grants awards.


  • Oversee the editing, production and distribution of quality program reports.

  • Design and implement a communications strategy that would raise the public profile of the Program and its Director. This would include, but is not limited to, the design of effective mechanisms for distributing Program materials to key policymakers, the development of press contacts, and the Program’s online presence.

  • Prepare written Program materials, including reports, papers, brochures, or other documents as requested.

  • Liaison to Aspen Institute administrative departments including Senior Management, Accounting, Information Technology Services, and General Administration.


  • Set Program policies with regard to Cyber Group meetings and broader conference management: coordination, logistics, and contacts with participants. Primary responsibility for assuring quality control over all Program correspondence and conference materials.

  • Manage and supervise staff. Review performance of staff, periodically and annually with Director.

  • Oversight of Program finances, including managing and tracking revenue and sponsorships for the Program; keeping relevant Program staff apprised of individual project budgets and account status; preparing budgets on request; tracking Program expenditures; serving as liaison of the Program to the Aspen Institute accounting department, conference facilities, sponsors, and outside vendors; preparing financial reports; maintaining financial records for the Program; administering financial aspects of foundation grants and ensuring Program compliance with other requirements of grants awards.

  • Design and implement policy and strategic convenings and roundtables, including the annual cybersecurity conference;

  • Substitutes for Director as representative of the Program to Senior Management and Aspen Institute administrative committees, as well as to key partners, government leaders, funders, and sponsors in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, as needed.

Shared Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency of the Program and the Aspen Institute.

  • Assist in design, strategic planning, and growth of the Cybersecurity & Technology Program, and managing the Program brand.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • 7-10 years of related experience with track record of effective management, accomplishment, and growth;

  • Proven experience in personnel and program management;

  • Extensive content knowledge in the areas of cybersecurity and/or technology;

  • Proven program strategist and ability to deliver high quality results; skill and proven program planning and high-quality execution skills;

  • Communications savvy: Strong demonstrable writing and editing skills, track record of effective communication that engages audiences from public, private, and non-profit sectors;

  • Possess entrepreneurial acumen and drive, ability to see and respond to opportunities to strengthen and/or course correct program plan to increase program reach;

  • Ability to lead and manage staff as well as partners in the field;

  • Comprehensive attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks;

  • Experience with fundraising and program development and design; access to strategic leadership and philanthropic networks desired;

  • Strong administrative skills; the ability to plan, organize, and follow through with staff and a variety of constituencies;

  • Ability to work with diverse audiences;

  • Thrives in and promotes high performing environment;

  • Experience with publications production and dissemination helpful;

  • Good interpersonal skills, including a desire to learn; and

  • Willingness and ability to travel.

To apply please visit and follow the instructions to apply for Managing Director. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

Fellowship Program, Aspen Tech Policy Hub

At the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, we take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-person fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. We’re building new ideas for policymaking — every fellow must complete one practical policy output during their time with us — and an alumni base of technologists who understand policy and want to engage with it.

Before applying, please carefully review the fellowship details, eligibility, and Frequently Asked Questions below, and/or click here to download the details and instructions. Please take your time and fill out the application thoughtfully; we recommend writing and editing drafts before transferring them to the application form. No decisions will be made about any applications before the February 27 application deadline.

If you have additional questions, we will host a Q&A based webinar on February 6, 2019 (register here), and February 25, 2019 (register here), from 9am-10am PST/12pm-1pm EST. For Bay Area residents, we will also host a Q&A session from 4pm-5:30pm on February 6, 2019 at Toy Soldier (52 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104); the session will be followed by a happy hour for prospective applicants and friends of the fellowship. Please sign up for the happy hour here.

The Hub would like to give our sincere thanks to Craig Newmark Philanthopies, which provided the generous seed support for this fellowship program. Please see our press release here for more information.

Fellowship Details

Incubator fellows will spend a minimum of 2 months with us for mandatory programming in summer 2019, from early June to mid-August 2019. The fellowship is tentatively scheduled for June 10 through August 9, 2019. The exact start date for this pilot cohort is still tentative based on space availability and fellow scheduling. See the FAQ below for more details.

This is an intense, full time program, and we expect fellows’ full attention while they are participating. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $7,500/month for 2 months to defray their living costs in the Bay Area, with an option to apply for a 3rd month of stipend funding if the fellow is available to remain in residence for an additional month after formal programming concludes. (We will provide office space, but fellows will need to find their own housing if they are not already local.) We also have limited funds to assist with relocation to the Bay Area if needed. So long as space is available, fellows are eligible to continue to work out of our facility for an additional three months free of charge, through November 2019.

During residence, fellows will be required to create at least one practical policy output—for instance, mock legislation, toolkits for policymakers, white papers, op-eds, or an app. Fellows have to propose a possible project in their application for the fellowship, but they are not tied to working on that project once in residence. In fact, we encourage fellows to work together to identify new ideas for projects on arrival. Fellows will also be asked to participate in at least one annual public event in which we reveal the results of the fellowship; these will tentatively held in Fall 2019 in both Washington DC and San Francisco. Programming to support the development of policy outputs during the fellowship will include:

  • An orientation introducing fellows to the fellowship, to the other fellows, and to the policymaking process;
  • Regular classes exploring what policy is, how to identify problems, defining alternatives, developing relevant outputs, and communicating to stakeholders;
  • Action-oriented practical exercises, such as ‘how to write a policy memo’ or ‘how to give an elevator pitch’, founded on real world problems provided by our partners;
  • Mandatory morning pitch meetings for sharing ideas in progress;
  • Partnerships with experienced policy mentors who can help provide project guidance;
  • Practical resources, including designers, copy editors, legal experts, and communications specialists to facilitate projects; and
  • Evening dinners with top corporate and government policy experts, sharing off the record experiences about how things get done.

To ‘exit’ the program at the conclusion of the fellowship, we will help Hub fellows share their outputs during a meeting with a relevant stakeholder, which could be a federal or state government employee, company employee, standards body, or other stakeholder relevant to the issue. (Travel will be paid if these stakeholders are outside the Bay Area.)


We are looking for people with three key characteristics:

  1. Applicants should have significant professional experience with technology.

    For instance, applicants might work as an engineer, computer scientist, or business executive at a technology company; might be trained as a data scientist or in human-computer interaction; might work at a university or at a think tank studying cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, or the Internet of Things; or might have professional technology experience such as serving as a patent lawyer. Please note these are just illustrative examples; they are not intended to limit eligibility to these categories.

  2. Applicants should show potential to apply their technology experience to affecting policy and social change.

    They should be passionate about solving the world’s problems, and should be able to clearly articulate creative, innovative ideas about the ways in which they want to make a difference and how their experience will help them do that. We are particularly interested in applicants who are passionate about problems in four priority areas:

    1. Cybersecurity;
    2. The effects of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and quantum computing;
    3. Protecting democracy, combating disinformation or misinformation, and election security; and
    4. Using technology to help at-risk populations or encourage social justice.
  3. Applicants have not yet significantly explored their potential to enact change through policy.

    This is an introductory program to the policymaking process, and applicants with significant past policy experience are likely to be too advanced for this program. While all are welcome to apply, we will prioritize applicants who do not have significant previous policy experience (e.g., a master’s in public policy; past experience working in a policy role)

Other requirements for the program include:

  • Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program.
  • Applicant(s) must be fluent in English.
  • Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time commitment to the incubator process for a minimum of 2 months between June 2019 and August 2019, and be able to reside in person in the Bay Area during that time.
  • Applicant(s) must have legal status to work and reside in the United States.
  • Applicants must have a passion for changing the world, and an interest in learning how technology and policy can work together to achieve change.

Students are eligible to apply, but please note that, due to the requirement for significant professional experience in technology, students without work experience are unlikely to be strong candidates for acceptance. (This being said, this is a pilot program and all assumptions are just that — assumptions. So we urge you to apply and prove us wrong!)

If you are ineligible for the program but still would like to get involved with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, please email or sign up for our listserv. We hope to diversify the types of fellows we can accept in future cohorts.

Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First

JOB TITLE: Advocacy Counsel


LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Director, National Security Advocacy

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time; Exempt; Non-Union


The Advocacy Counsel is responsible for implementing and contributing to the development of strategies to achieve objectives at the intersection of human rights and national security and other organizational priorities, as needed. The Advocacy Counsel reports to and acts under the direction and guidance of the Director for National Security Advocacy.


  • Conduct research and prepare original analyses, briefs, recommendations, legislation, executive branch documents, advocacy and press materials, talking points, blogs, social media content, amicus briefs, and other materials to advance the organization’s advocacy objectives.

  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with colleagues in civil society, the military and other national security-related agencies and departments, issue coalitions and working groups, Hill staff, current and former policymakers, legal and policy experts, journalists, and other stakeholders, in furtherance of organizational objectives.

  • Serve as an expert and spokesperson on Human Rights First’s priority issues, including but not limited to Guantanamo and other aspects of indefinite detention and military trials; policies related to drone strikes and other uses of force; torture and detainee treatment; and wartime counterterrorism frameworks such as the 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, workshops, and other external events.

  • Support and assist the Director for National Security Advocacy on critical tasks, including:

    • Setting program objectives and priorities where Human Rights First can make a unique and measurable impact

    • Developing and implementing strategies to achieve national security advocacy objectives

    • Collaborating with the Development Team and Board of Directors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the national security program

    • Drafting funder proposals and grant reports

    • Developing and managing the annual program budget

    • Supervising interns and volunteers

  • As needed, work across issue areas and function as part of campaign teams, special projects, or working groups to advance the organization’s objectives.

  • Other duties as requested based on organizational need.


  • J.D. or other advanced degree in public policy, international affairs, human rights, national security, or another relevant field.

  • Experience working in the executive or legislative branches or conducting policy advocacy preferred.

  • Familiarity with U.S. governmental institutions and U.S. and international law related to national security and human rights.

  • Strong legal and policy research skills, including the ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal and political developments.

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills, excellent political judgment, and ability to think strategically.

  • A high degree of initiative; and the ability to thrive and multi-task in a demanding, fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and deliver high quality results; to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues; to work in a variety of U.S. and international settings (including governmental, legal, advocacy and the media).

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; demonstrated ability to translate the human rights impacts of issues to a variety of audiences (including policymakers and the media) and effectively edit the written work of others.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly comprehend, internalize, and demonstrate expertise in complex policy issues.

  • Ability to develop and implement strategies to achieve concrete and measurable outcomes in a politically challenging legislative environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively interact with the press. Communications experience preferred.

  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with advocacy partners such as senior-level former government officials, retired military leaders, diplomats, or intelligence officials. Outreach and engagement experience preferred.

  • Fluency in English.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should submit a Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, List of references and Writing Sample. All in PDF format.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. No phone calls, please.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Attorney-Advisor, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)

Job Title: Attorney-Advisor

Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Salary Range: $99,172 – $156,000/ Per Year

Series/Grade: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $156,000.

Position Information: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service. You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Duty Location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.

Security Clearance: Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance. If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.

Agency Mission

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as an Attorney-Advisor, working under general supervision in the form of broad policy and program guidance. Attorney-Advisors are expected to accomplish assigned functions on their own initiative, independently formulate requirements, responsibly allocate available resources, and develop, recommend, and monitor implementation of agency policies and procedures. Prior experience related to legal and policy issues implicating privacy, civil liberties, and/or counterterrorism or national security matters is strongly preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve as an attorney with limited supervision while gathering factual information, conducting legal and policy analysis, and providing legal expertise to the Board in complex investigations and/or reviews.

  2. Prepare memoranda and make appropriate recommendations to the Board.

  3. Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from Members of the Board regarding the status of investigations and/or reviews, research and analysis, and policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.

  4. Summarize reports received from the intelligence community and other agencies and extract essential information.

  5. Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties.

  6. Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing policy advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.

  7. Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counterterrorism programs and assist the Board in understanding how programs operate.

  8. Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating efforts to protect the nation from terrorism and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public, as well as drafting congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board’s responsibilities.

  9. Represent the Board in interactions with officials from other departments and agencies of the Federal government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, as required.

  10. Utilize superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meet the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives, while demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvements, and working effectively and collaboratively with team members and other agency employees.

Educational Requirements

Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be a member in good standing of a state bar or the District of Columbia bar.

Application Process

Please send the following required documents to with the title “Attorney-Advisor”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of college or law school, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.

A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.

Closing Date

A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

No Travel Expenses for Interview

Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.

Telework, Travel and Benefits

Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

Attorney, Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking highly qualified candidates to join CIA’s Office of General Counsel. We are actively recruiting exceptional attorneys with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We seek attorneys with experience in areas including government contracts, technology and cyber-related law, national security law, employment, ethics, privacy, litigation, and federal appropriations law, among others. Prior national security experience is welcome but not required. If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please visit our website for additional information and application instructions.