Homeland Defense & Civil Support Journal

Mr. Walter Neal Anderson

North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command

Mr. Neal Anderson is North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) and US Northern Command's (US NORTHCOM) first Senior Advisor to the Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he works myriad issues across DHS and the interagency, focusing on strengthening collaboration throughout the homeland security enterprise to achieve national unity of effort. In November 2005, he relinquished his position as Director of NORAD and USNORTHCOM's Washington Office, a position he had held since the establishment of US Northern Command in 2002. He has been a key architect of and partner in the maturation of DOD-DHS relations since 9/11. Mr. Anderson retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 2006 after nearly 28 years of active military duty.

Neal Anderson is also a Senior Fellow at Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute, where he teaches courses on Domestic and International Terrorism, the Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Disaster and Terrorism, and DoD's Role in the Homeland Security Enterprise.

Mr. Anderson earned an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Mandarin Chinese), MIT's Seminar XXI, and the U.S. State Department's Senior Seminar. In early-2002, he was an intern in the Office of the Vice-President where he worked on both aviation and nuclear power industry security issues. Since helping establish US Northern Command, he has also graduated from the Defense Support of Civil Authorities course, the Joint Task Force-State Commander's course, the inaugural DHS Strategic Studies program, and the National Security Studies Management course at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Neal Anderson's publications include Comprehensive Security and a Core Military Capability, Overcoming Uncertainty: US-China Strategic Relations in the 21st Century, and Peace with Honor: Enduring Truths, Lessons Learned, and Options for a Durable Peace in Bosnia. He is also the author of a chapter on The U.S. Military's Role in the Homeland Security Enterprise, which is scheduled to be published as part of a homeland security textbook in early-2014.

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