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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 and is recognized as one of a handful of experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law. 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. He negotiated numerous multilateral and bilateral international agreements to include the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement. He also served as General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Prior to his civilian service, he was a career 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. 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.  

He 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 widely published on this topic. 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 serves on the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and previously served on the Advisory Committee on Law and National Security. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee of Penn 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.