Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
Foreign policy and U.S. national security affairs; biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism; critical infrastructure protection; government reorganizations and merging of agencies; intelligence and information sharing; crisis and risk management; cybersecurity.
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. He is the author or coauthor of Shaping Europe's Military Order (1995); Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy (1996); and America's Achilles ' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack (1998).
New York, New York
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security and former NYPD deputy commissioner for counterterrorism
Richard Falkenrath appears on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers" to speak about protests that erupted in China and Hong Kong as Japanese activists landed on an island in the East China Sea claimed by both countries.
With state-of-the art surveillance cameras, a far larger police force, and a great track record of stopping terrorist plots before they go operational, the New York Police Department would have been well positioned to thwart the Boston tragedy, argues former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism Richard Falkenrath.
Richard Falkenrathtalks appears on Bloomberg Televison's "Inside Track" to talk about an agreement by Iran and world powers to hold a new round of talks about the Persian Gulf nation's nuclear program next month after failing to bridge differences during two days of negotiations in Baghdad.