Regret! That is what I felt after confirming the resignation or transfer (or whatever it is called) of University of the Philippines Professor Dr Clarita Carlos from her 7-month stint as the first woman National Security Adviser (NSA). At that moment, I was holding the well-written draft of The National Strategy (NS) distilled from most recent empirical data and expertise of scientists and researchers whom she pulled to create a roadmap for government action that has a timeframe of between six to ten years or more. As the public was made aware, this social scientist gathered a circle of experts from different fields equipped with depth of scientific knowledge in their respective discipline. I was lucky to be in the circle serving as one of the experts during round table discussions on various topics that are all matters of national security.