Frank Cilluffo blogs on homeland security and counterterrorism policy, including counter-radicalization, intelligence, and cyber threats.
Previously, Cilluffo served at the White as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Shortly following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Cilluffo was appointed by the President to the newly created Office of Homeland Security, and served as a principal advisor to Governor Tom Ridge.
Prior to his White House appointment, Cilluffo spent eight years in senior policy positions with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank. At CSIS he chaired or directed numerous committees and task forces on homeland defense, counterterrorism, transnational crime, and information warfare and information assurance.
He has testified before the United States Congress on a number of occasions, has been a regular guest on major television and radio networks worldwide, and lectures extensively to governmental and academic audiences domestically and internationally.
He presently serves and has served on various national security-related committees sponsored by the U.S. government and non-profit organizations, including the Homeland Security Advisory Council, where he served as the Vice Chairman of the Future of Terrorism Task Force, chaired by Congressman Lee Hamilton. Cilluffo also served as a member of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee, and most recently chaired the Quadrennial Homeland Secrity Review Advisory Council.
Cilluffo served as a Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and was a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He continues to remain active in the non-profit and think tank communities, currently serving as a member of the Center for the Study of the Presidency’s National Council of Advisors, a member of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group Steering Committee, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance at James Madison University, a “coach” with the Partnership for Public Service’s Annenberg Leadership Institute, and co-chairs the CSIS Lessons Learned from Abroad study
He joined The George Washington University in 2003, where he serves as an Associate Vice President. He leads GW’s homeland security efforts on policy, research, education, and training. He also directs The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI), a multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan “think and do tank” that builds bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through a multi and interdisciplinary approach.
Cilluffo chairs HSPI’s Ambassadors Roundtable Series on International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Insurgencies, moderates the Institute’s Policy & Research Forums – which spotlight cutting-edge policy solutions and innovative research – and facilitates a variety of other programmatic events. Through the Ambassadors Roundtable Series, HSPI has engaged over thirty ambassadors and cabinet level officials in an ongoing dialogue on the counterterrorism efforts of multiple nations.
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