Endicott College Presents Expert Panel on the Department of Homeland Security

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Panel to discuss the state of homeland security ten years after 9/11; Event open to the public.

To commemorate the launch of a new Security Studies minor, Endicott College will host “The State of Security: The Department of Homeland Security Ten Years After 9/11” on September 14, 2011, at 7:30pm at the Endicott Auditorium, Wax Academic Center, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. The event is free and open to the public.

A distinguished panel of experts, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem and retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Assistant Director Barry Mawn, will discuss the evolution of homeland security policy and practice in the decade since the formation of the Department of Homeland Security in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The presentation will examine how the United States’ security strategy has developed from an almost singular focus on terrorism in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks to the “all hazards” approach that shapes current Department of Homeland Security strategy. The panel members will speak to the coordination and planning between the various agencies of the federal government and state and local partners on issues as varied as natural and manmade disasters, terrorism investigations, intelligence sharing, and pandemic flu. In particular, Deputy Administrator Serino will address FEMA’s role in preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating all hazards.

The introduction of a Security Studies minor at Endicott puts the College at the forefront of a new area of education, providing an opportunity to study issues related to homeland and national security at an undergraduate level and opening the door for additional graduate studies. Assisting Endicott in creating and managing this program, among others related to criminal justice and security, is former Essex County District Attorney and Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Kevin Burke. Mr. Burke’s involvement in public safety includes supervision of state homeland security, developing legislation and legal policy for the state, management of agencies including State Police, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Department of Corrections, and National Guard, and service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Mr. Burke will moderate the Sept. 14 panel.

For more information on this event, contact Kevin Burke at 978-232-2380 or kburke(at)endicott(dot)edu.

About the Panelists:

  • Richard Serino brings 35 years of state and local emergency management and emergency medical services (EMS) experience to the position of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he served as Chief of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. In that role, he bolstered the city's response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. He also led citywide planning for H1N1 influenza.
  • Juliette N. Kayyem has spent nearly 15 years working in counterterrorism, homeland security, and emergency management, serving in key positions in and out of government addressing both international and domestic security policies. She served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2009-2011. Additional prior positions include service as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor and Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She is currently on the faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and works as a columnist for the Boston Globe.
  • Barry W. Mawn served 30 years in the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most notably Assistant Director in charge of the New York Office – a position he held during and following the Sept. 11 attacks. He retired from that position in 2002. Mr. Mawn also served in the U.S. Army, supervised the FBI/New York City Police Department Terrorism Task Force from 1980-1982, and served as the Special Agent in Charge of offices including San Francisco, Detriot, New York, Newark, N.J. and the Boston Division.

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Kathleen Moore
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