What’s HS-Community.org all about?
HS-Community.org is an unbiased resource for information about all the elements that make up homeland security. It is a place to find expert insight, diverse informed opinions, and a vast library of resources contributed by and for the community. It is also a place to interact across disciplines; to talk to seasoned professionals, innovative thinkers/doers, esteemed academics, and informed policy makers. The site is designed to grow organically over time based on the needs of the community – it is dynamic and evolving just like the threats we face. Although a large portion of our membership is from the United States, our partners, colleagues and resources may be found across the globe.
What does HS-Community.org hope to accomplish?
Homeland security is a new and emerging discipline and complex endeavor. It requires cross-disciplinary coordination and communication – but there are few avenues to facilitate the development of these relationships across agency and organizational lines. The homeland security context is constantly changing and evolving – there is a need for a place where practitioners can meet and interact with researchers and experts in order to effectively address current and emerging threats. HS-Community.org provides a safe space where its participants can freely exchange ideas, perspectives and resources. It is a space where substance and informed ideas take precedence over political and organizational agendas. All of us at HS-Community.org believe the site will be a place that all homeland security professionals can go to access practical information and constructive advice to increase their effectiveness in the homeland security landscape.
Who owns/runs/operates HS-Community.org?
The site is not directly affiliated with or sponsored by any agency, department or organization. It has been created by a consortium of homeland security professionals interested in creating a community of like-minded individuals who both need and want to contribute to a variety of resources valued by practitioners and others interested in the field.
Our Board of Directors
HS Community has convened a diverse set of prominent experts across many disciplines who are highly interested and involved in homeland security issues to serve on the Board of Directors to provide guidance on the objectives and operation of this project.
Bruce Hoffman (Chairman)
Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for nearly four decades. He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is also the Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program. In addition, he is Professor of Terrorism Studies (part-time) at St Andrews University, Scotland. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office. He was appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization and co-wrote its report. Professor Hoffman was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006; an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and from 2004-2005 an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad. He was also an adviser to the Iraq Study Group. He is the author of Inside Terrorism (2006). Professor Hoffman most recent books are The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: Cases From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death (2014), and Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (2015).
Mr. Crosbie is a security expert and Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in transportation management, infrastructure protection, cyber security, operations, engineering, and maintenance. His diverse management and technical experience includes strategic business development as well as cyber security and infrastructure security protection programs. He has a Masters degree in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Most recently Mr. Crosbie served as President and CEO of SYSTRA USA, where he was responsible for leading day to day operations as well as strategic development of the firm. Before joining SYSTRA, he served as a Vice President and Sector Manager for an engineering services firm and was responsible for the acquisition integration and commercial development of leading-edge cyber security products and services in the rail and transit industry. Mr. Crosbie also served for 8 years as Amtrak’s Chief Operating Officer directing the transportation, engineering (infrastructure), mechanical (rolling stock), police and security, environmental, health, and safety functions. Mr. Crosbie’s thesis on Public – Private Sector Intelligence and Terrorism Information Sharing won the Outstanding Thesis Award for his graduating class. He is regularly consulted on this research as well as other security topics.
A 4th generation public servant, Gregg Favre is a Captain with the St. Louis Fire Department and member of the Fire Chief’s Command Staff. In this role, he provides leadership and policy direction across all Bureaus of the Department, including the offices of Homeland Security, Special Operations, Strategic Planning and Public Affairs. An executive member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the International Association of Fire Chief’s Terrorism & Homeland Security Committee, he provides critical, high level counsel to government executives, and is directly responsible for the construction of interagency homeland security and counter terrorism policies, impacting the daily safety of more than three million people in the region. Gregg has a master’s degree in security studies from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in emergency management from The George Washington University School of Medicine. He is currently studying at Harvard University where he is a Fellow in the National Preparedness Leadership Program.
Ray Guidetti is a state and local law enforcement practitioner with over twenty years experience in intelligence, criminal and organized crime investigations, and fusion center operations. He currently is a Lieutenant Colonel with the New Jersey State Police, serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Investigations. Additionally, he currently chairs the Cyber Crime working group for the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies. In 2012, Ray was the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center. In 2010, he served a 12-month fellowship within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, where he worked within the State and Local Program Office on an interagency team crafting policy and guidance aimed at strengthening the National Network of Fusion Centers. His experience and expertise in managing fusion centers earned him the 2009 National Fusion Center Representative of the Year. Ray earned a Master of Arts degree in security studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006, a Master of Arts degree in education from Seton Hall University in 1998, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University in 1989. He is the author of several articles on criminal intelligence, fusion centers, and intelligence-led policing.
Deputy Commissioner Naguib “Nick” Kaldas
Nick Kaldas has been a New South Wales (NSW) Police Officer for 34 years in Sydney, Australia. Nick’s career has primarily been in major crime investigations and operations, including counter terrorism, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, community policing and over a decade in Homicide investigations. He is Egyptian born and is fluent in English, Arabic, and partially in French. Since 2011 Nick has served as the Deputy Commissioner, Field Operations, commanding all six geographical Regions in the Force, comprising 76 Local Area Commands and State Crime Command, Major Events and Incidents Group, Public Order and Riot Squad, and Operational Programs (policy and research), in all, over 16,000 staff, and a budget of over $2 billion. He holds the statutory position of State Emergency Operations Controller for all of NSW, commanding all planning, preparation and operations in Emergency Management. Since 2007, he has been Corporate Sponsor for multicultural and diversity issues, dealing with community outreach and engagement activities for the Force. In 2009 Kaldas served as Chief of Investigations in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to investigate the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafiq HARIRI, and 21 connected assassinations and attempted assassinations. Other notable international assignments include 2004 & 2005 deployments to Iraq where Nick served initially as Senior Police Adviser, National Operations, then as Deputy Chief Police Adviser to the Iraqi Government under the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.
Michael McClary is Executive Director of Global Operations, Kiernan Group Holdings, Inc., a global consulting firm specializing in law enforcement, defense, and intelligence industries with specialized support to federal and civil clients in the areas of strategy, policy, tactics, and training. Prior to joining the Kiernan Group, Mike served 32 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) holding investigative and leadership positions in the LVMPD including; Uniformed Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics, Gang Crimes, Special Investigations, Organized Crime, and Counter Terrorism. He led departmental investigative efforts in criminal intelligence, counter intelligence, organized crime, and counterterrorism. As Assistant Sheriff, he was given responsibility for overseeing all investigative functions of LVMPD, including the creation and implementation of the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center (SNCTC), an all-crimes, all-hazards Fusion Center, incorporating Federal, State, and local first responders into one joint facility. Mike McClary was a founding member of the Las Vegas FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). He served on the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) in Washington, D.C. where he interacted extensively with the National Reconnaissance Office, National Geo-Spatial Administration, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Counter Terrorism Center, and a number of Department of Defense organizations. Mike McClary’s highlighted credentials include: Member of the Major City Chiefs Intelligence Unit Commanders Group; the IACP, Major City Chiefs Association, and Major County Sheriffs Association as well as the FBI National Academy Associates. He is a veteran educator and instructor teaching to the law enforcement community for over 35 years.
David W. Brannan & Kristin Darken