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.  Considering Catastrophe was published in 2014. 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 currently serves as the staff consultant for supply chain resilience with the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.  He is the principal investigator for supply chain resilience with the Institute for Public Research at CNA. He is also a Senior Fellow in Homeland Security at the Graduate School of Rutgers University.

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 liberal arts college in Japan.  Over his career Mr. Palin has been involved in several start-ups and early stage ventures.

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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