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IBM Cyber Security Chief to Teach New Course at HSMI

Dr. Steven P. Bucci, retired Special Forces colonel, former Defense Department official and current IBM cyber security thought leader, joins faculty of Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute

Riverhead, N.Y. – Dr. Steven Bucci, former deputy assistant secretary of defense, former chief of staff to the secretary of defense and current associate partner and issue lead for cyber security at IBM, has joined the faculty of the Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University at Riverhead. Dr. Bucci, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel, teaches Domestic and International Terrorism and will introduce a new Cyber Security curriculum beginning in the summer 2011 semester.

Dr. Bucci joins the Institute's other distinguished senior fellows, all highly experienced experts in the fields of terrorism, homeland security, and homeland defense, teaching courses in 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 programs.

Dr. Bucci's 30 years of leadership experience in responding to a range of ongoing threats to foreign and domestic interests, along with his recognized expertise in Cyber Security thought leadership and strategy with IBM's internal think tank, uniquely qualify him to develop and teach the Homeland Security Management Institute's rigorous and challenging new Cyber Security curriculum.

“We are very pleased to offer our students the extraordinary opportunity to study with an expert like Steve Bucci,” said Dr. Vincent Henry, founding director of the Homeland Security Management Institute. “Only a handful of academics possess this kind of vast experience in the military and the private sector.”

Dr. Bucci is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who earned MA and PhD degrees in International Relations from University of South Carolina and served in various leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division before joining 5th Special Forces. A foreign area officer, he subsequently served as a detachment commander and brigade operations officer, conducted counterdrug operations throughout Latin America with 7th Special Forces, and taught all instruction in Foreign Policy, International Relations Theory, and Development Studies for the special operations community while serving as director of European studies at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. He served as the defense attaché in Sarajevo, Bosnia, overseeing the transition of that troubled country to normalcy, and also served as the defense attaché in Albania helping to open a country newly freed from 50 years of dictatorship.

As commander of 3rd Battalion 5th Special Forces, Dr. Bucci led major operational deployments to eastern Africa, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia, including Operation Desert Thunder. In July 2001, Col. Bucci assumed the duties of the military assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and served in that capacity through the 9/11 attack and the Global War on Terrorism. Upon retiring from active duty in 2005 he continued serving as chief of staff to the secretary of defense and ultimately as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and defense support for civil authorities, leading one of the components of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland and Americas' Security Affairs as well as the DoD Capabilities Based Assessment for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.

The Homeland Security Management Institute's 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 about the Homeland Security Management Institute and its fully online graduate programs, call (631) 287-8010 or visit www.liu.edu/homeland.

Posted: April 29, 2011

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

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 www.liu.edu/homeland.

Posted: April 29, 2011

Rep. Peter King Secures $300,000 for Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute

Will fund transportation security research, education and training

Riverhead, N.Y. – Congressman Peter King of Seaford, ranking Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security, has secured $300,000 in federal funding for transportation security research and education at Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute.

The funds will be used for the Homeland Security Management Institute’s role as a member of the newly created National Security Center of Excellence. Long Island University will join six other institutes to form the Center, which will work closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on issues of transportation security.

“Long Island University is one of our nation’s leading universities for higher education in the field of homeland security, so it’s only fitting that it was selected for this prestigious role,” King said. “There is great need for a stronger focus on transportation security, and I am thrilled that the university will receive this funding.”

Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute, established in 2005, offers the first master’s degree in homeland security management in New York State and one of the first in the nation, along with a graduate-level advanced certificate in homeland security management. Designed for working professionals in the fields of public safety, law enforcement, the military and private-sector security, the master’s degree and advanced certificate are also Long Island University’s first fully online programs.

"The Homeland Security Management Institute is deeply honored to receive this singular distinction, and we are very grateful to Congressman King for his efforts on our behalf and on behalf of the public who will benefit from a safer and more secure transportation infrastructure,” said Dr. Vincent Henry, director of the Institute. “This funding represents a great opportunity and a great responsibility for the Institute to conduct research, education and training that makes a difference in peoples’ lives and safety, and in the economic viability of the nation as a whole.”

Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute is the only member of the National Security Center for Excellence to offer a degree in the field of homeland security. The Institute has been participating in and providing support for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s large-scale disaster drills and tabletop exercises.

The senior fellows of the Institute’s faculty and its Board of Advisors include some of the nation’s most prominent authorities, including Los Angeles Police Chief and former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton; New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Michael Balboni; Dr. Jim Miskel, former director for defense policy and arms control of the National Security Council, former assistant director of FEMA and former associate dean of academics at the Naval War College; Professor Bert Tussing, director of homeland defense and security issues at the Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership; Dr. Stanley Supinski, a pioneer of homeland security as an academic discipline.

Other members of the National Security Center of Excellence include the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University; the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut; the Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University; Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas; Tougaloo College; and the Mack-Blackwell National Rural Transportation Study Center at the University of Arkansas.

To read the Newsday story click here.

For information about Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute, visit www.liu.edu/homeland.

Posted: March 5, 2008

 

Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute Designated by Congress as a National Security Center of Excellence

One of six universities in the country to receive multi-million-dollar allocation to
research rail, bus, air & freight security

Riverhead, N.Y. - Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute has been chosen by Congress to research and teach more effective methods of securing the nation’s transportation system. Late last week, the legislative body set aside $18 million annually for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, authorizing a total of $72 million to be spent on this new initiative.

As one of six academic institutes nationwide designated to form the National Security Center of Excellence, the University will work closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in developing security training for transportation employees.Of the $18 million appropriated by Congress for the Center’s formation, a portion will go to Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute.

Long Island University was one of the first universities in the country to offer a Master of Science degree and a graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management. Both graduate programs are delivered entirely in an asynchronous online format designed to meet the needs and objectives of busy homeland security professionals.

Program faculty and board members are comprised of the nation’s leading law enforcement, public safety, military and security experts in the country, including Los Angeles Police Chief and former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton; New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, Michael Balboni; and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Joseph Fuentes.

The Institute’s faculty of Senior Fellows are seasoned homeland security professionals with doctoral degrees and other outstanding academic credentials. Its online graduate programs draw an elite student population of managers, executives and professionals from diverse homeland security agencies and private-sector entities from across the nation and around the world.

Founded in 2005, the Homeland Security Management Institute is recognized as the nation’s leading private graduate educator in the homeland security field. The Institute’s administrative offices are based at Long Island University’s newest educational facility in Riverhead, N.Y.

Funding for the National Transportation Security Center of Excellence was championed by Rep. Peter King (R-Massapequa), a ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York).

“I would like to thank Rep. Peter King and Sen. Charles Schumer for the trust and confidence they have placed in Long Island University to provide the national leadership to help ensure the security of the United States during these volatile times,” said Long Island University President Dr. David J. Steinberg. “We also are thrilled that Dr. Vincent Henry is at the helm of Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute. Dr. Henry is a unique figure in America and has created one of the premier programs in the nation.”

Rep. King said, “Long Island University is one of our nation’s leading universities for higher education in the field of homeland security, so it’s only fitting that it was selected for this prestigious role. There is great need for a stronger focus on transportation security, and I am thrilled that Long Island University has been chosen for this purpose.”

Sen. Schumer said, “This funding will give Long Island University the national recognition it deserves in homeland security.  It will both create jobs on Long Island and make our country a lot safer.”

“The Homeland Security Management Institute is committed to top-level research and education in homeland security, and designation as a component of the National Transportation Security Center of Excellence will empower the Institute to develop even more sophisticated and effective measures to safeguard our nation and our way of life,” noted Dr. Henry.  “Transportation networks are the life blood of the nation and its economy.”

As part of the Center’s development, Dr. Henry has been creating relationship-building networks between key agencies throughout the country to allow officials to communicate and exchange information more efficiently. The Homeland Security Management Institute works closely with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, with private-sector entities, and with agencies in federal, state, local and tribal jurisdictions to facilitate communication and information-sharing. The Homeland Security Management Institute lends its expertise in support of multi-agency drills and exercises, develops ‘best practices’ manuals and guides, and is establishing an online resource center to disseminate the knowledge of homeland security professionals around the nation.

The National Transportation Security Center of Excellence is the first initiative of its kind dedicated entirely to transportation security. Long Island University joins the University of Arkansas, the University of Connecticut, Rutgers University, Texas Southern University and Tougaloo College to form the Center.

For more information about the Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute, visit www.liu.edu/homeland.

Posted: July 31, 2007

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Newsday – August 2, 2007 “LI colleges fight terror”

Opinion
Stony Brook, LIU researchers meet a major need on rail, computer security
August 2, 2007

Are the computers that control so much of the nation's life, from finance to transportation to power generation, safe from attacks by cyber-terrorists? Not really. The Homeland Security Department has acknowledged that its cyber-security program is not even fully staffed yet.

And are our railroads, on which commuters on Long Island and elsewhere depend for daily travel, vulnerable and tempting targets for a determined terrorist? Yes. Rail security remains one of the most troubling gaps in the nation's anti-terror net. The bombing by Islamist radicals of a commuter train in Madrid showed just how devastating such an attack can be.

So it's heartening to know that two Long Island research centers have been selected to conduct vital studies that could lead to ways to improve security for the nation's computer systems as well as passenger and freight railroads.

Stony Brook University has received a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Defense to research ways to help plug this yawning gap in the security of computer systems. The grant, one of only four awarded nationally by the Pentagon in the cyber-security field, will fund a five-year project to develop solutions to help computer users prevent their systems from being corrupted or infiltrated.

And Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute has been chosen as one of six universities across the nation to share in an annual $18 million program over the next four years to improve railroad security. Thanks to a push by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), LIU will take part in forming a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence.

Both grants are a recognition of the region's sophisticated research capabilities. But they can also result in the creation of well-paying jobs at the two centers and local subcontractors.

The vulnerability of railroads is obvious, especially in the metropolitan area. And the potential for cyber-terror became dramatically evident earlier this year when Estonia was hit by a month-long series of cyber-attacks that nearly crippled the small Baltic nation in a dispute with Russia over the removal of a World War II-era Soviet memorial. Preventing such an attack on this nation's systems is just as crucial as defending against chemical or biological weapons.

Copyright © 2007, Newsday Inc.


Newsday – July 31, 2007 “LIU to receive security training dollars”

BY OLIVIA WINSLOW
Newsday

July 31, 2007, 3:58 PM EDT

Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute is one of six universities designated by Congress to share in $18 million annually over the next four years to create a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence.

LIU is to be part of a consortium of universities developing security training and educational programs for transportation employees and conducting research in the field. The other institutions are Texas Southern University in Houston; the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University in New Jersey; Tougaloo College in Mississippi; The Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut; and the Mack-Blackwell National Rural Transportation Study Center at the University of Arkansas.

"We now have an institution of higher learning in the forefront of educating first responders, helping to formulate transportation counter-terrorism ... focusing attention on Long Island and on the New York region and will give us, I believe, more influence when it comes to future grants because we will have the experts here," said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) who along with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) championed LIU's inclusion for the appropriation.

Schumer said in a separate interview Tuesday that he envisioned LIU's participation in the project would be a catalyst that could "well create a whole lot of jobs on Long Island because it'll spin off companies. When you have centers of excellence, companies that want to train workers, do technology for workers, tend to locate there."

"We're all still waiting on the fine print of when the money comes," said Vincent Henry, director of LIU's Homeland Security Management Institute. Henry, a former Fulbright Scholar and 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department who ran its special projects unit until he retired in 2002, added, "We're building up now in preparation of a major kick-off. I'm not sure when the appropriation will come in, but we'll be doing things this fall in line with this designation as a center of excellence ... such as adding a third full-time faculty member, developing necessary courses, doing needs analysis" in the transportation industry.

LIU already is considered a leader in advanced homeland security management training, with its certificate program begun in 2005 and its master's degree level program started last fall. Both are online degree programs and draw on 10 "senior fellows," highly-regarded law enforcement experts, which LIU's Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Kane said makes for a program with "very strong governmental ties" with law enforcement as faculty and students.

LIU master's degree program in homeland security management is believed to be the first in the state and one of only a few in the nation.

Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc


Long Island University Launches Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Program
in Homeland Security with Austin Peay State University in Tennessee

Undergraduate students majoring in homeland security at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. will seamlessly transition to the Master’s degree in Homeland Security Management at Long Island University under a new agreement between the two universities.

Among the students covered by the agreement are members of two prominent units of the U.S. military: the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group.

Under the agreement, students who complete the APSU Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and achieve a 3.0 grade point average or better need not take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to Long Island University’s homeland security management master’s degree. APSU students in their senior year may also earn credit toward their Bachelor’s degree by taking two Master’s degree courses from the Long Island University Master’s degree curriculum, and those who work in criminal justice or the military would receive a one-third tuition discount from Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute. APSU is a designated learning provider to the 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group, based at Fort Campbell, KY.

“The Homeland Security Management Institute is thrilled to partner with APSU, and to welcome the highly skilled professionals from the 101st Airborne and 5th Special Forces Group to our program,” said Dr. Vincent Henry, associate professor and director of Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute. “Their background, their experience, and their unique knowledge and insight will be a tremendous asset to our program and to our students,” he added.

Dr. Tom O’Connor, assistant professor and program manager of criminal justice and homeland security at APSU, said, “Two great schools, both pioneers in the field, coming together in this way to serve both students and a national need is remarkable and illustrates not just rising demand but regional and national collaboration at its finest.”

The articulation agreement is the first for Long Island University’s Master of Science in Homeland Security Management, launched in September 2005. The program is the first and only Master’s degree in Homeland Security to achieve New York State Education Department registration, and is one of the first homeland security master’s degrees at any accredited institution in the nation. It is also Long Island University’s first fully online degree program.

For more information about the Long Island University Homeland Security Management program, which is based in Riverhead, New York, visit www.liu.edu/homeland.

Posted: February 23, 2007

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