Adm. Thad Allen, retired U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Commandant and national incident commander for the BP Gulf oil spill, has joined the RAND Corporation as a senior fellow.

Allen planned to join RAND in May this year, but he took a detour to the Gulf of Mexico after President Obama asked him to oversee emergency response and clean-up efforts for BP’s oil spill. Aside from his service as USCG Commandant, Allen’s impressive career also includes serving as lead for the Federal response following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and command of the USCG’s Atlantic forces in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Allen is the recipient of numerous medals, including those for Homeland Security, Defense and Coast Guard Distinguished Service.

At RAND, a policy think tank providing research and analysis, Allen will work closely with the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center and plans to focus his work on homeland security, ocean policy, and defense policy issues.