Richard Bergin is an adjunct assistant professor of information sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Over the past five years, Professor Bergin has been teaching full time for the Center of Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). During this time, he has designed and implemented courses used in all CHDS programs. Prior to his academic assignments, Professor Bergin founded and acted as CEO of Internet Productions, a premier software applications development company that specialized in offering innovative e-commerce applications for the World Wide Web. He has an extensive background in operations and production management and has worked in the aerospace and inter-networking industries. Professor Bergin earned his bachelor degree in business administration and his master’s degree in both information and operations management from the University of Southern California. He is currently completing his PhD at NPS in the Information Sciences Department.
David Brannan lectures at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He served six months in Iraq as the director of security policy for the CPA/MOI, where he wrote or led the security policy initiatives for the Iraqi Police Service (IPS), Department of Border Enforcement (DBE), Facilities Protection Service (FPS), and the Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate. Prior to that, Dr. Brannan served as a political scientist for the RAND Corporation (from 2000 to 2005), working on areas related to terrorism, insurgency, and law enforcement with particular expertise related to domestic theologically-motivated political activism. He still contributes to RAND research on occasion as an adjunct political scientist and regularly publishes in academic journals, tactical journals, edited books, and government reports. Two recent publications include a primer for law enforcement, Preparing for Suicide Terrorism, and a chapter on left and rightwing terrorism in The Politics of Terrorism. Dr. Brannan holds a joint honours Master of Arts and PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Erik Dahl is an associate professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he is on the faculty of both the National Security Affairs Department and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His research focuses on intelligence, terrorism, and international and homeland security, and he is the author of Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond (Georgetown University Press, October 2013). His work has been published in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Intelligence and National Security, Homeland Security Affairs, The Journal of Strategic Studies, and The Naval War College Review. Before joining the NPS faculty in 2008, Dahl was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his PhD from The Fletcher School of Tufts University, from which he also received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. In addition he holds master’s degrees from the Naval War College and the London School of Economics, and received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard. Dahl retired from the US Navy in 2002 after serving twenty-one years as an intelligence officer.
Lauren Fernandez is an instructor in the Master’s Degree Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She recently served as a branch chief in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that capacity she led analysis of assessment data, managed national information technology systems, and developed technical assistance programs. Previously, Dr. Fernandez worked in the private sector as a systems analyst and emergency management planner. She also has over ten years of experience as an emergency medical technician and an incident commander for the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and received her doctorate in engineering management with a concentration in crisis, emergency, and risk management from The George Washington University. Her dissertation research concerned volunteer management system design and analysis for disaster response and recovery.
Sara Kay is responsible for Global Safety and Security for Airbnb, Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company. Prior to moving to the private sector in 2015, Ms. Kay spent fifteen years in state and federal government roles. Her most recent experience includes five years serving in various national-security related positions in Washington D.C.. During this time, Ms. Kay served both in the federal intelligence and emergency management sectors. She initially moved to DC in 2010 when she was selected as a Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Distinguished Alumni Fellow for FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate. Her prior experience includes ten years in security management and law enforcement. From 2005-2010, Ms. Kay served as the Emergency Response and Security Manager for the California Judicial Branch, where she developed and managed the Judiciary’s first statewide program and staff devoted to judicial security operations. From 2000-2005, she served as a Security Forces officer in the United States Air Force, during which time she led a team of Security Forces Officers in wartime conditions in Kuwait and Iraq. Ms. Kay has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Laura Manning Johnson is a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College, detailed from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She has been a leader at DHS since its’ standup in 2003. Key positions include Deputy Director for Fusion in the National Operations Center, and Acting Director and Deputy Director of Plans Division in the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning. Prior to joining DHS, she served as an intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA Non-Proliferation Center (NPC), and a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Advisor to the vice president’s WMD National Preparedness Review. She was the first Director of Central Intelligence Representative to the Office of Homeland Security beginning in October, 2001. Dr. Johnson served on the Board of Directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) from 2007 to 2010. She has taught at American University, Long Island University, University of California Santa Barbara (where she earned her PhD in Political Science) and Oklahoma State University (where she earned her Master/Bachelor Degrees in Political Science).
Robert Josefek is an adjunct professor at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He has served on the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business and has taught at the University of Minnesota. As an expert in information and decision sciences including social networking and knowledge management, Dr. Josefek has worked with a variety of both public and private sector organizations. The focus of his work is to help senior managers understand strategic and organizational issues relevant to their information technology options, improving planning and investment decisions, and establishing organizational design and development strategies to prepare for future advances. He has served as a reviewer and associate editor for leading journals and conference committees including Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and the Journal of Management Information Systems. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Greta Marlatt is the information services manager for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Dudley Knox Library. She has over thirty years of experience working in libraries in various capacities and is a member of both the Special Libraries Association and the American Library Association. She has received a number of Navy and library awards, including the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Carnegie/New York Times I Love My Librarian award. In addition to published articles, she is the author of a number of bibliographies and help guides for topics relating to intelligence, mine warfare, lone wolf terrorism, suicide bombers, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Boko Haram, and more. Ms. Marlatt holds a master of library science degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in national security studies from California State University, San Bernardino.
Michael McDaniel is an associate professor of constitutional law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and director of the school’s new Homeland Security Law program. From August 2009 to January 2011, McDaniel served as the deputy assistant secretary for homeland defense (HD) strategy, force planning and mission assurance, advising the secretary of defense, under secretary of defense for policy, and assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America’s security affairs on all HD-related strategies (Quadrennial Defense Review, HD & civil support strategies, the developing mission assurance strategy, and domestic counterterrorism and counter-narcotics strategies, among other efforts). Brigadier General McDaniel was appointed by the Michigan governor as her advisor on homeland security on February 5, 2003 and served in that capacity until July 31, 2009 while simultaneously serving as the assistant adjutant general for homeland security, Michigan National Guard. BG McDaniel has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Bonaventure University, a Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security) degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dr. Rodrigo Nieto is a strategist and futurist focused on the consequences of the accelerating pace of change in homeland security and policing environments. He is a research professor at the National Security Affairs Department and at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School and he is also a certified facilitator for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). For a decade, Dr. Nieto has taught hundreds of high-ranking law enforcement, military and homeland security leaders how to create and execute strategies to transform their agencies to meet the requirements of rapidly changing environments. As an innovation expert and an academically trained geostrategist, he has built a reputation as an expert on future threats to national security and policing and how to confront them. Rodrigo Nieto has multiple publications describing the adaptation capacities of global organized crime, the public policy challenges of innovation and intrapreneurship in government and homeland security and asymmetric warfare and cybersecurity. Dr. Nieto obtained his PhD (summa cum laude) in geopolitics at the Institut Francais de Geopolitique of the University of Paris. He also holds a Mexican J.D. from the State University of San Luis Potosí, specializing in international public and private law inside the NAFTA region.
Michael Petrie is the EMS Bureau Chief of the County of Monterey, California. Michael previously served as the EMS Director and Chief of the County of Santa Clara, California, and as the EMS Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Petrie has worked in a variety of EMS, emergency services, and homeland security areas, including WMD and mass casualty incident planning and response, fusion center operation, and capability and threat assessments. He is a certified emergency manager (CEM®), has been a licensed paramedic for over thirty years, and is a recipient of the State of California EMS Authority’s Meritorious Service Medal. He served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as the Director of the CIDER Emergency Management Sciences Program, and at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), where he continues to serve as a thesis adviser and member of the editorial review board of Homeland Security Affairs. He holds an MBA, a master’s degree in homeland security and defense from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a graduate certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of Saint Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
Jim Ramsay has almost twenty years of experience in public health, security studies, emergency management and occupational safety, and environmental health education. As a professor of security studies Dr. Ramsay is the coordinator of the homeland security program at the University of New Hampshire, and Chair of the Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies. Dr. Ramsay teaches environmental security; strategic planning and decision-making; emergency management; exercise design and evaluation; terrorism: origins and ideologies. He also directs the internship program and the senior capstone consulting project. Dr. Ramsay has recently served on the Board of Scientific Counselors to the Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the CDC. Dr. Ramsay serves on the Education Standards Committees for both the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), where he also chairs the committee. Dr. Ramsay has served as a subject matter expert and consulted on a wide range of health, emergency management planning, and evaluation issues, as well as occupational safety and environmental health challenges for many organizations. Texts include the “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues Within the Homeland Security Enterprise: A Casebook” both through Westfield Publications. His third text tentatively entitled, “Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security” is expected to be completed within the year and published by the American Meteorological Society.
Steve Recca is the director of the University and Agency Partnership Initiative for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and concurrently serves as a senior advisor for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief programs with the Pacific Disaster Center, as well as Colorado Technical University’s Program Director for Homeland Security. Steve’s previous positions include security policy assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Department of Defense, and in academia. From 1995-98, he served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter for the Secretary of the Navy and the Director of Central Intelligence. Following assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Steve held the Inman Intelligence Chair at NPS, and returned to Europe in 2003 to serve as the Defense Department’s Chief Liaison to the German Federal Intelligence Service. From 2006 until April 2009, Steve directed the Center for Homeland Security at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he managed graduate and undergraduate education programs, applied research, and an international civil security seminar program in partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He serves as on the Advisory Board for the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Institute at Marian University, and is on the Review Board for three peer-reviewed journals: Homeland Security Affairs; Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy; and Journal of Homeland Security Education. He is also Managing Editor of the Journal of Human Security & Resilience.
Anke Richter is an associate professor at the Defense Resources Management Institute of the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Richter was previously a director of health outcomes at RTI-Health Solutions, RTI International. Her research interests include resource allocation for epidemic control, disease modeling and economic impact assessment, bio terrorism and public health preparedness. Dr. Richter has published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, PharmacoEconomics, Medical Decision Making, Clinical Therapeutics, Journal of Emergency Management and Interfaces. She received her PhD in operations research from Stanford University.
John Rollins is a researcher at the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service (CRS) specializing in terrorism, intelligence community, and homeland security issues. Prior to joining CRS, Mr. Rollins was the first chief of staff of the Office of Intelligence for the Department of Homeland Security and the secretary’s senior advisor on intelligence community reform. Mr. Rollin’s career includes a variety of analytic, legal, and management positions in the U.S. Army, FBI, CIA, DIA, U.S. Marine Corps, 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force), and the United Nations. He frequently testifies before Congress on issues of national security importance and is the author of numerous papers and articles addressing a wide range of national security issues. As an adjunct professor, he teaches homeland security graduate courses at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, University of Connecticut, and Texas A&M University. Mr. Rollins frequently advises the private sector, state and local governments, and the media regarding security-related issues. He is a licensed attorney and graduate of the Senior Executive Fellowship program, Harvard University.
Stan Supinski is the co-director of Partnership Programs and a faculty member at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security; an associate professor at Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute; and has served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts and University of Denver. He is the former deputy for training and education for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, where he developed the organizations’ academic training and education programs; he is also the founder and former director of the Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium (HSDEC), a network of more than 270 federal, military, and civilian educational institutions. Dr. Supinski has conducted research and authored numerous articles on homeland security and defense, technology support to education, and language acquisition. He holds a PhD in instructional systems design from Florida State University and a master’s degree in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.
David Tucker is an associate professor in the Department of Defense Analysis, co-director of the Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, and an instructor in the Homeland Security Master’s Degree Program, all at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Before coming to the Postgraduate School, he served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict as the deputy director for special operations and as a Foreign Service officer in Africa and Europe. Dr. Tucker’s publications include “Terrorism, Networks, and Strategy: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong” Homeland Security Affairs (June 2008); U.S. Special Operations Forces, with Christopher Lamb (Columbia University Press, August 2007); and “Confronting the Unconventional: Innovation and Transformation in Military Affairs”, (Letort Paper, U. S. Army War College, October 2006). He holds a PhD from the Claremont Graduate School and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University.
Bert Tussing is the director of the Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group of the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership. He joined the Center in October 1999 following nearly twenty-five years in the United States Marine Corps. He is a Distinguished Graduate of both the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College, and holds master’s degrees in national security strategy from the Naval War College and military strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Mr. Tussing is a senior fellow on George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute; a member of the Board of Experts for the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Unconventional Security Affairs; and on the steering committee of the Homeland Security/Defense Education Consortium Association. In December 2008 he accepted an appointment to the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, wherein he will advise in the development and execution of the department’s congressionally-mandated Quadrennial Homeland Security Review.
Laurie Holien is the deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). She has fourteen years of operational experience in emergency management and critical infrastructure security. Before joining Oregon OEM in Sept 2013, she was a consultant for Scientific Research Corporation working on scopes of work for the Department of the Navy (SPAWAR), DHS, FEMA, and other local emergency management agencies. In 2010, Ms. Holien was named a Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security Alumni Fellow, and in this capacity worked at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she was a strategic advisor and manager responsible for critical infrastructure protection and emergency management missions at the City of Seattle, Public Utilities Department. She has served as a planning section chief on a level III Incident Management Team in King County, WA, and has extensive experience in program management, budget and financial management, essential utility service delivery, COOP programs, risk management, vulnerability assessments, strategic and emergency planning, incident management within an EOC environment, sector interdependencies, and local and state collaboration. Ms. Holien earned her master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Washington.
A 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Captain Watts served twenty-six years on active duty, including serving six sea tours with both Navy and Coast Guard which included commanding USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC 623) and serving as the Coast Guard liaison officer to the Chief of Naval Operations. A qualified surface warfare officer and cutterman, he holds an advanced degree from the Naval War College in strategic studies, and master degrees from Old Dominion University in history, from American Military University in international Naval studies, the Naval Postgraduate School in homeland security, and a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada in war studies. He has written extensively on sea power and contingencies in USNI Proceedings, the Naval War College Review , and other professional journals, and most recently served as the Coast Guard Chief of Contingency Operations before retiring to take a professorship at the National War College, where he teaches courses in war and statecraft, domestic policy, homeland security, military history, and irregular warfare.
Lauren Wollman is Managing Director of Academic Programs/Senior Analyst (MAC) and Thesis Coordinator at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. She is the lead instructor for the Research courses (NS2013 and NS4081), and supervises student research in the capacity of Thesis Coordinator. She is a senior contract manager for academic affairs. Other special projects in her portfolio have included developing the Homeland Security Digital Library taxonomy in collaboration with taxonomy specialists; developing the curriculum for the national certificate program for Homeland Security Studies, and founding the peer-reviewed CHDS journal, HSAJ.org, for which she still serves as Senior Editor.
Glen Woodbury is the director of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and is responsible for leading the Center’s strategic commitment to servicing the homeland security priorities of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, as well as local, state, tribal, and federal agencies. His previous responsibilities as an associate director (2004-2007) included the development of executive education workshops, seminars, and training for senior state and local officials as well as military leaders. Mr. Woodbury served as the director of the Emergency Management Division for the State of Washington from 1998 through 2004. In this capacity, he directed the state’s response to numerous emergencies, disasters, and heightened security threat levels, including the World Trade Organization disturbance in Seattle in 1999, the Nisqually Earthquake in February 2001, the TOPOFF II Exercise in 2003, and the national response to the attacks of September 11th. Mr. Woodbury holds a bachelor degree in engineering sciences from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
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