Senate Roundtable on the National Security Implications of Antitrust Reform

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School welcomed senior congressional staff members from the Senate for a lunch roundtable discussion of the national security implications of antitrust reform.


The session explored the national security implications of targeted antitrust reform efforts and the impact of regulation on American tech innovation and leadership, particularly as it relates to our long-term competition with China.


Attendees had the chance to hear from and discuss these important issues with a bipartisan group of national security and technology leaders including:
  • Glenn S. Gerstell, former General Counsel, National Security Agency;
  • Tish A. Long, former Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • Shane Tews, chair of the Board of Directors at TechFreedom; and
  • Jamil N. Jaffer, NSI Founder and Executive Director, will moderate the discussion


Glenn S. Gerstell served as the general counsel of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Security Service (CSS) from 2015 to 2020. He has written and spoken widely about the intersections of technology and national security and privacy. Prior to joining the NSA, Mr. Gerstell practiced law for almost 40 years at the international law firm of Milbank, LLP, and previously, served on the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and the NSA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.


Tish A. Long served as the fifth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and was the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency. Ms. Long started her career in Naval Intelligence and went on to serve as the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Policy, Requirements and Resources), the first Chief Information Officer, and later the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.



Shane Tews is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on cybersecurity issues, including privacy and data protection, next-generation networking (5G), the Internet of Things, international internet governance, digital economic policy, information and communications technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse, cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens, and emerging technologies. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies, a strategic advisory firm. She is vice chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation; chair of the Internet Society’s Washington, DC, chapter; member of the board of SeedAI; chair of the board of directors at TechFreedom; and chair of the Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things of the Internet Governance Forum.


Jamil N. Jaffer is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Jamil is also Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology products startup founded by Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander, the former Director of the National Security Agency and Founding Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

In addition, Jamil is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm; 4iQ, a deep and dark web intelligence startup; Duco, a technology platform startup that connects corporations with geopolitical and international business experts;       and Amber, a digital authentication and verification startup.