Vincent J. Doherty, B.S., M.A.
Vincent J. Doherty is currently the director for program outreach for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA. He is also a member of the editorial advisory board for the "Homeland Security Affairs Journal," a peer reviewed, academic publication dedicated to the advancement of Homeland Security as a professional discipline.
Mr. Doherty retired from the fire department of New York City as the executive officer of HazMat Operations, Special Operations Command (SOC). He was a highly decorated, 25-year veteran of the department, serving as the captain of Hazardous Materials Company #1, the preeminent hazmat response unit dedicated to hazardous materials response for the City of New York. He also served with distinction after 9/11 as an Acting Battalion Chief for the newly established Haz Mat Battalion and performed the task of rebuilding the hazmat capability and preparedness of the Special Operations Command (SOC). Prior to his fire service career, Mr. Doherty was employed as a Quality Control and Research and Development Chemist for Fisher Diagnostics, Orangeburg, N.Y.
Mr. Doherty holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John's University, a Master of Arts in security studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School and he was the CHDS 2005-2006 Senior Fellow/Practitioner at the Department of Homeland Security's Preparedness Directorate. He also is a senior fellow with the Center for Naval Analysis.
A highly regarded subject matter expert in such fields as hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, emergency management, first responder communications, and various fire service specialties, and he served on the board of advisors for ICx Technologies and Ahura Corporation and presently is on the board of advisors for Bruker Corporation and EdgeVelocity Corp. He is a member of the Homeland Security Management Institute's distinguished board of advisors and also serves as a member and former co-chair (eight years) of the science and technology committee for the Interagency Board (IAB) for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability. He teaches HSMI courses that include "Emergency Management" and "Weapons of Mass Destruction."