David S. Jonas, Legal Expert in National Security Issues, Named to Board of Directors of the Young Marines

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) June 02, 2016

“The entire board of directors is very excited about Dave Jonas joining the Young Marines leadership team,” said William Smith, chairman of the board of directors of the Young Marines. “Dave not only brings tremendous legal expertise but also experience serving on non-profit boards. He has a proven record of both leadership and management having served in command assignments in a Regimental Headquarters Company, as a judge advocate and in the private sector as corporate vice president at PenFed Credit Union. We could not be more pleased with his appointment.”

Jonas 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 also served as general counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Jonas has negotiated numerous multilateral and bilateral international agreements including the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement for which he was a lead negotiator. He has extensive experience dealing with the International Atomic Energy Agency on nuclear nonproliferation issues.

Prior to his civilian service, he was a career U.S. Marine Corps officer. He is one of the only judge advocates to have commanded two units, including Headquarters Company, 5th Marines.

His final assignment was nuclear nonproliferation planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, he was the first uniformed military lawyer in the history of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to argue a case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Jonas is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington (GW) University Law School. He teaches nuclear nonproliferation law and policy and was a pioneer in developing the academic coursework in this discipline. He has also taught this course at the U.S. Naval War College. He frequently speaks, consults and is widely published on this topic. He has recently spoken at Penn Law School, Baltimore Law School, the ABA National Security Law Conference, Daemen College and on ESPN radio about the Iran nuclear deal. He was recognized as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at GW.

Besides serving on the board of directors of the Young Marines, he is a board member of the Naval War College Foundation and the Marine Executive Association. He is on the American Bar Association Advisory Committee on Law and National Security and the Advisory Committee of Penn Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

Jonas holds a bachelor of arts degree from Denison University, a Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law, an LL.M. from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, he earned a master of arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College.

He resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, The Honorable Tina W. Jonas, and their two schnauzers, Trooper and Tribble.

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 281 units with 9,600 youth and 2,400 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.