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The DANS Network is a networking initiative for alumni, parents, and friends of Washington University in the Washington, D.C. area, Los Angeles, and Seattle who have a professional interest in defense, aerospace, and national security education, research, and application.

The network was formed by Judge William H. Webster, JD ’49, former director of the CIA and FBI ; John Gannon, MA ’72, PhD ’76president of intelligence and security sector at BAE Systems, former deputy director for Intelligence (DDI) at CIA, chairman of the National Intelligence Council and assistant director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production; Jim Wrightson, MBA ’78 former vice president, strategic planning at Lockheed Martin Corporation; and Wes Bush, WashU Parent, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman.Dans_sq.jpg

Network Goals

• Utilize the networks of our alumni and parent population, campus partners, career center, and schools
• Build relationships within industry companies
• Mentor students and alumni
• Expand opportunities for internships and employment for current students and young alumni
• Offer professional development opportunities
• Highlight alumni and parent businesses/ventures and recognize leaders in the industry

Network Events

​​Highlights from Past Events

The DANS Network hosts career networking and professional development events during which alumni and parents can make new connections and explore professional interests. Read about past DANS Network events​.

Watch Recordings of Past Events


The Future of Nuclear Arms Control | Sepember 15, 2020

The DANS Network hosted a virtual discussion on the future of arms control featuring Tom Countryman, AB ’79, chairman of the Board of the Arms Control Association, former undersecretary for Arms Control and assistant secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation. The discussion was moderated by Andrew Sobel, a political scientist who is a professor and director of International and Area Studies, Washington University.


​"Innovation in the DoD" featuring Jake Laktas, WashU University Program Director, National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)​​ | October 22, 2020​

Jake Laktas, WashU University program director for the DOD's National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), joined the DANS network for a virtual discussion on defense innovation and the importance of academic and venture engagement, featuring Jake Laktas, WashU University Program Director for the Department of Defense's (DoD) National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). ​

Attend an Upcoming
The DANS Network is currently offering events in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Seattle. Check out the events calendar for opportunities near you.​ 


Ways to Get Involved 


Expand your Network​

Join the WashU Defense, Aerospace, and National Security (DANS) Network LinkedIn Group​—an online networking and resource group that brings together alumni, students, parents, staff, and faculty from the defense, aerospace, and national security industries to network, explore, discuss research and applications, and share technology, business, and market information.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the DANS Network. There are many ways in which you can share your knowledge and experience with others—and help support alumni, current students, and the WashU community. The Network is seeking volunteers who would like to:
  • Plan and/or host network events
  • Provide career support to students and young alumni by offering internships, assisting with mock interviews and resume review, and serving as a mentor
  • Share expertise and advice by speaking at an event
If you are interested any of these volunteer opportunities or would like to learn about other ways to contribute, please fill out the volunteer interest form​.


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Contact Us

For questions, please contact the DANS Network at 314-935-5212 or DANSalumninetwork@wustl.edu.​


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