Our Mission

The Project for Media and National Security deepens public understanding of military, cyber and other national security issues.


Our Work


Through convening, access to experts and decision-makers, research and teaching, the project elevates and illuminates some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

The project’s four goals are to convene, identify, explore and educate.

Dan Coats meets with journalists

Convening journalists with senior government officials.

intelligence satellite

Identifying emerging national security threats.

Exploring cyber vulnerabilities and strategies.

Educating current and future communicators so they can provide the public a nuanced understanding of critical issues.

In the News

Meet the Director

David Ensor

David Ensor

Director of the Project for Media and National Security

An award-winning network television journalist, diplomat and business executive, David Ensor served as the 28th director of the Voice of America. At VOA, he co-founded a daily Russian language TV show responding to Putin’s invasion of Crimea, developed a partnership with the BBC to fight Ebola in West Africa and defended VOA against attempts to weaken its journalistic independence.

As CNN’s National Security Correspondent (1998-2006), Ensor reported on issues related to terrorism, Russia, China, Iraq and the U.S. intelligence community. During 18 years as a television correspondent for ABC News (1980-98), he covered major international news from the collapse of communism in Europe, to the wars in Bosnia and Chechnya, and the papacy of John Paul II. He also reported from the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House.

Ensor was among the CNN recipients of a Headliner Award for coverage of the 9/11 attacks. For his CNN documentary on the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, he received an Emmy nomination, a National Headliner Award and the Knight’s Cross, from the president of Poland.