At present, most, if not all, major national security discussions are done at the federal level in Washington D.C. with the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government. The intelligence community regularly writes and briefs the policymaking community in D.C. to provide information, analysis, and options to key U.S. policymakers keeping them informed on the state of world affairs. Local and state policymakers are often left out of these discussions.
The decisions made in D.C. affect the lives of all Americans particularly those that live outside the Beltway. Yet, the culture of high-level national security discussions has not hit local policymakers or state-level authorities (law enforcement, intelligence, etc.) the way it should. Moreover, many at the state and local level are not privy to the contextual geopolitical understanding that national-level officials and policymakers have.
The SFS State-based program aims to change the culture of national security discussions in the United States by taking our expertise on transnational and trans-regional threats and contextualizing them for local and state policymakers and the press. We hope to equal the playing field by providing policymakers and officials with a geopolitical and geoeconomic understanding of major trends and patterns in hotspots around the world, starting with Latin America.