Richard A. Falkenrath, Council on Foreign Relations

Adjunct Senior Fellow Counterterrorism and Homeland Security New York City, New York rfalkenrath@cfr.org

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Richard Falkenrath is Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis adjunct senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He also currently serves as principal of the Chertoff Group, LLC.

From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Falkenrath served as the New York ...


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Bio/Research

Richard Falkenrath is Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis adjunct senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He also currently serves as principal of the Chertoff Group, LLC.

From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Falkenrath served as the New York City Police Department's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, where he strengthened the city's overall effort to prevent, prepare for, and respond to terrorist attacks. Prior to joining the New York City Police Department, Dr. Falkenrath served as the Stephen and Barbara Friedman senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, focusing primarily on global efforts to combat terrorism and reduce societal "tail risks." At that time, he was also an analyst for CNN. From 2001 to 2004, he held several leadership positions within the White House advising the president and his senior team, including director for proliferation strategy within the National Security Council. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Dr. Falkenrath was named special assistant to the president and senior director for policy and plans within the Office of Homeland Security. In January 2003, he was promoted to deputy assistant to the president and deputy homeland security adviser. During his career, he has also worked at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He was the founder and co-principal investigator of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness; a member of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (the "Gilmore Commission"); a member of the Director's Review Committee of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; a member of the board of Visitors of the National Emergency Management Institute; a member of the Director of Central Intelligence's Nonproliferation Advisory Panel; a visiting research fellow at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik; and a consultant to the Defense Science Board and the RAND Corporation. He is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

Dr. Falkenrath is a summa cum laude graduate of Occidental College and holds a PhD from the department of war studies at King's College London, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.


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