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Richard A. Falkenrath      

Homeland Security became a part of our social lexicon after the World Trade Centers fell on September 11th and the issue of our national security continues to be at the forefront of our country's political landscape.

Richard A. Falkenrath, who was the Deputy Assistant to President Bush and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, is no stranger to the large-scale effort to fight terrorism.

Working directly with Governor Tom Ridge, Mr. Falkenrath's primary responsibility was to advise the director on a broad range of issues from national strategy to dealing with Congress. He traveled around the country gathering information from those on the frontlines, such as emergency personnel and public and private sector workers. In addition to gathering information to bolster the Homeland Security strategy against terrorism, Mr. Falkenrath also had to play defense when critics expressed their concerns about the new department. As a well-respected author of papers and books that analyzed terrorism, Mr. Falkenrath is well versed on the numerous nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, which pose a significant and growing threat to the United States.

Previously, Mr. Falkenrath served as Director for Proliferation Strategy on the National Security Council staff and he was a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Team for the National Security Council. Before entering government, he was Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA). He has also authored or co-authored the following books: Shaping Europe's Military Order (1995), Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy (1996), America's Achilles Heel: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack (1998), and numerous journal articles and chapters of edited volumes. Mr. Falkenrath was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the German Society of Foreign Affairs (DGAP) in Bonn in 1995. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of War Studies, King's College, London, where he was a British Marshall Scholar, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Occidental College, Los Angeles, with degrees in economics and international relations.

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... April 5, 2013. Answered by: Richard A. Falkenrath, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security ...

One-Third of Homeland Security Jobs Are Vacant: Video - Bloomberg

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