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Bioterrorism Expert Randall Larsen Joins Board of Homeland Security Management Institute

Retired Air Force colonel with extensive experience in weapons of mass destruction,
homeland security management and & CEO


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Riverhead, N.Y. – Randall J. Larsen, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and chief executive officer of the WMD Center, a not-for-profit research organization he founded along with former Senators Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Jim Talent, R-Mo., has joined the Board of Advisors of the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University at Riverhead.

As a member of the Board of Advisors, Larsen joins other top terrorism and homeland security experts in guiding the Institute's fully online 36-credit Master of Science in Homeland Security Management degree and fully online, graduate-level, 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management. Other members of the Institute's distinguished Board of Advisors include Rep. Peter T. King, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee; Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; former Los Angeles Police Chief, former New York City Police Commissioner and current DHS Homeland Security Advisory Committee Vice Chair William J. Bratton; and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, PhD.

Larsen previously served as executive director of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, chaired by Sens. Graham and Talent. They formed the Bipartisan WMD Research Center when the commission's authorization expired in 2010.

Larsen was commanding officer of the Air Force's fleet of VIP aircraft at Andrews AFB, and is the national security advisor at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. He was the founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security, and previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College where, in 1997, he developed and taught the nation's first graduate course in homeland security.

One of the first witnesses to testify before the 9/11 Commission, Larsen has served as an expert witness to the Senate Armed Services, Senate Judiciary, House Government Reform, House Homeland Security, and House Budget committees. He served as a member of the Defense Science Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and his many publications include “Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America” (Grand Central Publishing).

The Homeland Security Management Institute's rigorous and challenging graduate programs are designed for management- and executive-level professionals in law enforcement, the military, public safety and corporate security, the intelligence community, and other related homeland security fields, as well as for those who aspire to pursue management careers in such fields. The Institute, which is recognized as the nation's leading graduate program in the Homeland Security Management field, was designated by an Act of Congress as a DHS National Transportation Security Center of Excellence and is the only DHS Center of Excellence to offer a graduate degree in the Homeland Security Management field.

For more information on the Homeland Security Management Institute, call (631) 287-8010 or visit

Posted 04/29/2011

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