Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

HLS Watch Contributors

Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan

From 2005 to 2008 Ms. Herrera-Flanigan was the Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security. In this role she supervised the Committee’s staff and was the principal staff liaison for the Committee with the congressional leadership and the Administration on homeland security and counterterrorism matters. She was one of the Committee’s original staffers, having joined as Counsel in 2003.

Ms. Herrera-Flanigan also served as Senior Counsel at the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she led a team of prosecutors who specialized in cybercrime from 1999 to 2003. She was one of the government’s leading experts on critical infrastructure protection, CFIUS, and electronic evidence gathering.

A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Law School, Ms. Herrera-Flanigan currently serves as a partner with the Monument Policy Group and is a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.

Philip J. Palin

An author and consultant on risk, strategy, and decisionmaking, Mr. Palin is the principal co-author of the Catastrophe Preparation and Prevention series from McGraw-Hill. His next book, Threat, Vulnerability, Consequence, Risk is forthcoming. Mr. Palin is a contributor to the Homeland Security Affairs Journal and has served as an instructor with the graduate program in homeland security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Mr. Palin also teaches All Hazards Risk Assessment and Terrorism Prevention courses offered through the California Peace Officer Standards and Training curriculum. In April 2009 Mr. Palin testified to the Homeland Security Committee of the US House of Representatives on future prospects for the Homeland Security Council.

In June 2008 Mr. Palin retired after ten years as Chief Executive Officer of Teleologic Learning Company. While with Teleologic he advised clients including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and several private corporations. Prior to Teleologic Mr. Palin served as the CEO of an international education not-for-profit and as President of a small college in Japan. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow with the National Institute for Strategic Preparedness.

Christopher Bellavita

An instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Dr. Bellavita has twenty years experience in security planning and operations.  He serves as the director of academic programs for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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