Hamilton was chosen to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor as “one of the most influential voices on international relations and American national security over the course of his more than 40 year career,” according to the White House.
Hamilton, former vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, has worked with BPC since 2012 to develop solutions to emerging threats to the homeland, building on the critical work done by the 9/11 Commission. Hamilton and Thomas Kean, co-chair of BPC’s national security program and former chairman of the 9/11 Commission, have worked together at BPC on national security issues that include the growing threat posed by online radicalization and cyber attackers.
Earlier this year, Hamilton, Kean, and other members of the 9/11 Commission authored a BPC report, Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report.
“This recognition is greatly deserved for a leader in national security who also embodies the spirit of bipartisanship that is the foundation of any viable foreign policy,” Blaise Misztal, BPC’s director of national security, said. “Lee Hamilton continues to lead efforts to develop bipartisan national security policies and serves as an inspiration to those who want to protect this country from harm.”