BOARD MEMBER - GENERAL COUNSEL (DAVE JONAS)
David S. Jonas is a partner at the law firm of Fluet, Huber & Hoang. He has extensive experience in national security issues, litigation, and government contracting and is recognized as one of a handful of experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law and policy. He was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and served as General Counsel of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for nearly ten years. NNSA has a budget of nearly $13B and approximately 37,000 employees and is responsible for vital national security missions such as nuclear weapons production, nuclear nonproliferation and naval nuclear propulsion. In this capacity he negotiated numerous multilateral and bilateral international agreements to include the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement where he was a lead negotiator. He also participated in the first competitions of the NNSA national laboratory contracts, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, extension of the Sandia Corporation contract; the Nevada National Security Site, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. All were clean competitions with no protests. Additionally, he participated in the small business set-aside competitions for the Second Line of Defense and the Global Threat Reduction contracts. He was instrumental in the establishment of the contractor legal management rule, 10 CFR Part 719. He was recently appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee at the Department of Commerce.
Other positions held include General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and Director of Legal Strategy and Analysis at the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy.
Prior to his civilian service, he was a Marine Corps officer where he held a wide variety of command and staff billets. He served as nuclear nonproliferation planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff negotiating multiple international agreements and has worked extensively with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Conference on Disarmament, and the United Nations. He is one of the only judge advocates to have commanded two units, including a company in an infantry regiment, the 5th Marines. He argued the case of Davis v. United States, 512, U.S. 452 (1994) at the Supreme Court becoming the first judge advocate in the history of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to do so. An experienced litigator and negotiator, he has represented clients in over 150 trials, to include over a dozen contested jury trials. He has represented hundreds of clients in appellate and administrative proceedings. He received the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Award for Excellence in Legal Writing in 1992 and was selected as the Outstanding Career Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps in 2000. He concluded his military service as a lieutenant colonel.
Mr. Jonas was also a vice president at PenFed Credit Union and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington (GW) University Law School and has also taught at the U.S. Naval War College. He teaches nuclear nonproliferation law and policy and was a pioneer in developing the academic coursework in this discipline. He frequently speaks, consults, and is extensively published on this topic, with current emphasis on the Iran Nuclear Deal, which he has strongly opposed. Recently appearances to discuss his opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal include Al Jazeera, Press television and ESPN radio, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, the University of Baltimore Law School, the ABA National Security Law Conference, and Daemen College’s Distinguished Speaker series. He was recognized as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at GW. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Naval War College Foundation, the Marine Executive Association, and the Young Marines. He is also on the American Bar Association Advisory Committee on Law and National Security and the Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.
Mr. Jonas holds a B.A. from Denison University, a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, an LL.M. from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School, an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College.