Thomas J. Arminio, USN (Ret.)
Intercollege Master of Homeland Security Penn State Harrisburg
Tom is a lecturer of Homeland Security and the Penn State Harrisburg and
Program Coordinator with the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.
Thomas Arminio, a native of Union, NJ, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy
in 1977 and from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996. He spent six years as director of emergency management services in a
private-sector consulting firm and 24 years in a variety of challenging assignments in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2001 as a
Captain. Tom joined Penn State Harrisburg in 2008.
Tom's education and training experience spans more than three decades,
across a wide spectrum of student ages, academic achievement levels, and academic/training environments. As a faculty
instructor at the U.S. Army War College, he taught senior U.S. military officers, senior international fellows, and senior
Department of Defense civilians. In 1998, he was awarded the Admiral William F. Halsey Chair in Maritime Studies. As
director of emergency management services for a private-sector consulting firm, Tom was primarily responsible for identifying
and assessing challenges and opportunities for resolution; analyzing costs, benefits, and impacts; developing long-range and
contingency plans; and optimizing solutions to achieve organizational goals.
Tom currently teaches in, and is the Program Coordinator for, the Intercollege
Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) program at Penn State. This distance education program spans five Penn State colleges
across three campuses. The program offers a series of homeland security courses that can provide students with a fundamental
understanding of homeland security, and then allows them to choose one of five specializations: the general homeland security
base program, which focuses on policy and organization; public health preparedness; geospatial intelligence; information
security and forensics; or agricultural biosecurity and food defense.