American Security Council Foundation

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American Security Council Foundation
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
President & CEO
Henry A. Fischer
Director of Operations
Mr. Laurence Sanford

The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) is a non-profit organization founded by John M. Fisher that seeks to influence United States foreign policy by "Promoting Peace Through Strength".[1] ASCF's current president is Henry A. Fischer.[2] The ASCF was formed in 1958, and was originally known as the Institute for American Strategy.[3] For over 50 years the Foundation has been focused on a wide range of educational programs which address critical challenges to U.S. foreign policy, national security, economic security and moral leadership of the United States of America. The ASCF headquarters is at 1250 24th Street NW, Suite 300.

On June 4, 1997, the American Security Council, a separate organization initiated in September 1954 by Robert E. Wood, retired chairman of Sears Roebuck and Company, was merged into the American Security Council Foundation.[4]


The ASCF has received credit for developing programs and strategies that have been adopted as the foreign policy and national security strategy of the United States.[5]

This mission was mentioned in the Guidelines for Cold War Victory, a 1963 publication of the ASCF, and was additionally praised by former President Dwight Eisenhower in his radio address to the nation that was recorded at the ASCF's request. The Guidelines urged Washington to abandon its unsuccessful strategy of accommodating Russia and instead actively strive for a Cold War triumph. The suggested approach emphasized exerting pressure on the enemy without escalating to a nuclear war. The plan acknowledged that the Soviet Union was currently in a strategically disadvantaged position.

In 1978, the ASCF created the National Strategy for Peace Through Strength and the Peace Through Strength Coalition.

President Ronald Reagan credited the ASCF numerous times for providing the overall theme for the administration of his presidency.[6] Former President Reagan acknowledged the ASCF on multiple occasions and claimed America won the Cold War by adhering to this doctrine.[7][citation needed] President Reagan remarked that, "One thing is certain. If we're to continue to advance world peace and human freedom, America must remain strong. If we have learned anything these last eight years, it's that peace through strength works".[8] Paul Laxalt, Chairman of the Reagan for President Campaign and Senate Co-Chairman of the CPTS, wrote to John Fisher that, "The Coalition's resolution calling for a national strategy for Peace through Strength became the defense strategy plank of the Republican Party Platform".[citation needed] President Reagan said, "I am particularly pleased that you also plan to involve members of congress, key administration officials and a wide range of private institutions in the further development of a national strategy of Peace Through Strength. This will be essential as a guide on how to spread democracy throughout the world. My administration will cooperate fully with you in this project". While George H. W. Bush was vice president, President Reagan and John Fisher jointly presented Vice President Bush with the Gold Presidents Eagle Pin in recognition of strong support of the Peace Through Strength strategy.

The ASCF worked to have the United States government publish an official National Security Strategy.[citation needed] This was first implemented by President Reagan in 1985. All of his successors are legally required to produce a similar document that analyzes the security priorities and concerns of the nation.

ASCF initiated and led the bi-partisan, "Coalition for Peace through Strength," of which President Reagan was an active member. He adopted this winning policy, which, along with the Coalition's influence on Congress, helped end the cold war and the demise of the Soviet Union.[citation needed]

The ASCF and the Coalition for Peace through Strength went on to advocate successfully for energy independence with the support of Congress.

In 2022 The ASCF launched the "American History Live" program which educates students on US History and Civics. As well as the "Guts and Grit Podcast".

Board Members[edit]

  • Henry A. Fischer (President & CEO)
  • Ms. Joy Votrobek (Director of Operations)
  • Joseph Crawford (Chairman of the Board)
  • Mrs. Betsy Fischer (Secretary)
  • Mr. Charles Cramer
  • Mrs. Joan Johnson
  • Mrs. Karen Hiltz, Ed.D
  • Mr. Wayne Tizzolo
  • Honorable George Maxwell

Senior Advisory Board[edit]

  • Mr. Bud Johnson

Emeritus Board Members[edit]

  • Mr. John M. Fisher (Founder)
  • Admiral Thomas H. Moorer (Chairman Emeritus/In Memoriam)
  • RADM Robert H. Spiro (Chairman Emeritus/In Memoriam)
  • General Frederick J. Kroesen (First Vice President)
  • Mr. Robert D. Johnson


  1. ^ "Profile: American Security Council (ASC)". History Commons. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  2. ^ "Dr. Henry A. Fischer, D.D.S." Council of Better Business Bureaus. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "American Security Council Foundation History Page". Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
  4. ^ Fisher, John M. (November 1, 2005). "HISTORY MILESTONES: AMERICAN SECURITY COUNCIL and AMERICAN SECURITY COUNCIL FOUNDATION" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 7, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Context of 1978: Congress's Coalition of Peace Through Strength Opposes Arms Limitation Talks with Soviet Union". History Commons. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "Reagan Speech". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "American Security Council Foundation". Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Reagan Speeches". University of Texas Archives.

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