David Lapan is BPC’s vice president of communications. His career in public service spans more than three decades, with service in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
Before joining BPC, Lapan was the press secretary and deputy assistant secretary for media operations for the Department of Homeland Security.
Lapan is a retired Marine colonel, with more than 30 years of military service and 22 years of communications/public affairs experience at the highest levels of the Defense Department. As a public affairs officer, he served as a spokesman and advisor for the Defense Department; for the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; for the commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces—Afghanistan; and for multi-national forces during military operations in Haiti and Iraq.
Following his retirement from active duty, Lapan served as senior director for the National Capital Region of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), a global, nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the well-being and needs of America’s 4 million military and veteran-connected children.
The son of a Navy veteran, Lapan was born in southern California, grew up in western Massachusetts, and lived in states around the country throughout his own military service. He is a distinguished graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.
I have yet to see those who criticized the decision to withdraw from #Afghanistan offer a viable alternative -- with specifics, not generalities.