About

THE NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM

The National Security Forum of Northern Nevada (NSF) was established by Dr. Tyrus Cobb in 2009 to promote discussion regarding critical national security issues facing the United States. As a former special assistant to President Reagan serving on the National Security Council staff, Dr. Cobb has maintained his keen interest in global developments affecting the United States.

The NSF is a non-partisan educational organization believing in vigorous, open, and balanced discussion and debate on vital questions affecting all Americans.

The NSF offers a broad range of insightful programs and commentaries. Speakers have included military officers, diplomats, academic specialists, terrorism experts, and many others. Subjects have ranged from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and the Middle East to US relations with China. Other programs have explored less frequently examined but critical issues such as U.S. preparedness for biological warfare.

More than 1,000 have registered online to receive regular updates on speakers and updates on issues, invitations to programs, and access to our website. Once or twice monthly programs draw an average of 120 participants from northern Nevada and California. Attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, often with military, diplomatic, intelligence, and business experience, and ranging from students to retirees.

Recently the NSF has been recognized as a non-profit educational organization by the state of Nevada and the IRS. It is guided by a Board of Directors who are building the NSF into a premier educational organization to promote learning and debate about national security issues.

A membership program has been launched to build a solid body of supporters and to provide some financial income to pay expenses. The NSF provides hotel accommodations to speakers as well as a modest honorarium. All members of the board of directors serve, including Ty who is also our President, on a pro bono basis.

NSF also is expanding its relationship with such likeminded organizations as the Council on Foreign Relations, Northern Nevada International Center, Asia Society, World Affairs Councils, and others. Such partnerships will strengthen our ability to bring objective, critical information and presentations to the public.

The NSF will be seeking philanthropic support from the community. Membership and other contributions are tax deductible. Our goal is to ensure financial stability for the long run, enhance our ability to attract the widest range of quality speakers, and to offer reduced program fees for students. We appreciate contributions from those in a position to underwrite NSF programs and invite them to discuss with members of the board how they might best support our goals.

These critical issues facing the United States and the global community must continually be addressed to ensure an informed citizenry. Come join us for informed discussion and to meet new friends with likeminded interests!

The Mission of the National Security Forum is:

“The National Security Forum of Northern Nevada (NSF) serves as a venue for thoughtful consideration of international, politico-military, and geo-economic issues. The NSF provides commentary representing diverse viewpoints and convenes periodic meetings to bring together experts representing a wide spectrum of opinions to address issues of current importance in a balanced and non-partisan manner.”