Washington, D.C. - Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) relaunched its national security project led by former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton. The new effort, formally called BPC’s Homeland Security Project, will provide expert analysis on the evolving nature of terrorism and will develop solutions to improve the nation’s preparedness to terrorist threats.
“This distinguished group will continue to develop recommendations in a bipartisan manner, similar to the 9/11 Commission, on emerging terrorist threats,” said Governor Kean today. “We will consider issues like how to protect civil liberties while enabling counterterrorism officials to analyze vast amounts of information.”
Under the leadership of Governor Kean and Congressman Hamilton, the Homeland Security Project includes a bipartisan group of fourteen national security, terrorism and intelligence experts. The project is directed by Rob Strayer, former Staff Director on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Five new members join the group including: former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Mike Leiter; former Congressman and member of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chris Carney; former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Jackson; Ellen Laipson, President and CEO of the Stimson Center and a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; and Erroll Southers, former Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles Airports Police Department and now Associate Director of the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California. A full list of members is below.
“Our terrorist adversaries and the tactics they employ are evolving rapidly, and we must continue to adapt – making the work of this group especially critical,” said Congressman Hamilton today. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop recommendations to better protect our nation from imminent terrorist threats.”
Members of BPC’s Homeland Security Project:
Former 9/11 Commission Co-Chair and Governor of New Jersey
Former 9/11 Commission Co-Chair and Congressman from Indiana
Director, National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation
Former Congressman from Pennsylvania and Chair of the U.S. House Homeland Security Oversight Committee
Founding Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University
Former Deputy Director of the CIA for Intelligence and President of BAE Systems' Intelligence & Security business
Former Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and BPC Senior Fellow
Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University
Michael P. Jackson
Chairman and CEO, VidSys, Inc. and Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ellen Laipson
President and CEO of the Stimson Center and member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board Michael Leiter
Senior Counselor to the Chief Executive Officer, Palantir Technologies and Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Former U.S. Attorney General, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation
Former Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles Airports Police Department; and Associate Director of the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California
Richard L. Thornburgh
Former U.S. Attorney General and Of Counsel at K&L Gates
Former Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism
Former Congressman from Texas and Ranking Member of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee