Homeland Defense & Civil Support Journal

Alan D. Cohn

Department of Homeland Security

Alan D. Cohn is Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis & Risk in the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Policy, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

At DHS, Cohn leads an integrated strategy, risk assessment, and analysis team formed when the functions of the former Office of Risk Management and Analysis were integrated into DHS Policy's Office of Strategic Plans. Cohn led the first and second Quadrennial Homeland Security Reviews (QHSR), year-long strategic reviews of homeland security involving hundreds of subject matter experts across of variety of homeland security communities of practice. Cohn has also managed strategic assessments in areas such as aviation and surface transportation security, CBRN defense and WMD smuggling, counternarcotics, domain awareness, global supply chain security, cyber security, and emergency preparedness and response.

As an adjunct professor, Cohn designed and taught a seminar on the intersection of domestic preparedness and national security. He authored a legal casebook, DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS: LAW, POLICY, AND NATIONAL SECURITY (Carolina Academic Press 2012). More recently, Cohn co-designed and now co-teaches National Security Crisis Law, a course on national and homeland security decision making in crisis that culminates in a two-day simulation exercise.

Prior to joining DHS, Cohn practiced law in Washington, DC. Cohn was also an emergency medical technician in New York City and Colorado, a FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee, and a Planning Officer on the Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue Task Force.

Cohn holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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