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David Heyman

David Heyman, Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy

David Heyman was sworn in on June 21, 2009 as the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  He is an expert on terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, bioterrorism, and risk-based security.

As the head of the Office of Policy, he leads a team of subject-matter experts, statisticians, analysts, and economists to provide thought leadership, policy development, and decision analysis for DHS’s senior leadership.  He coordinates DHS’s policy positions in interagency deliberations and leads the DHS’s strategic dialogues with key international partners.  The Office of Policy is responsible for strengthening our Nation’s homeland security by developing and integrating DHS-wide policies, planning, programs, and strategies across all aspects of DHS’s five mission areas:  counterterrorism, border security, immigration, cybersecurity, and building national resilience to disasters.

Mr. Heyman is one of the chief architects of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) whose first instantiation was released in February 2010.  The QHSR provided a blueprint for elevating cybersecurity and resilience as pillars of homeland security, and for securing global flows of goods and travelers coming into the United States.  Mr. Heyman also led the development and DHS’s implementation of national strategies on Global Supply Chain Security and on a Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness with Canada, announced by President Obama on February 4, 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Heyman served in a number of leadership positions in academia, government, and the private sector.  He was the founding director of the Homeland Security Program and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in national security and international affairs.  He was the head of international operations for a private-sector software/systems engineering firm developing supply-chain management systems for Fortune 100 firms, where he helped to expand operations into Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.  Mr. Heyman also served as an adjunct professor in security studies at Georgetown University.

Mr. Heyman is the author of numerous publications, including:  "America's Domestic Security" in Five Years After 9/11 (CSIS, 2006); Model Operational Guidelines for Disease Exposure Control (CSIS, 2005)—which has been utilized by cities and states across the country and was the basis for some of the government's pandemic flu planning guidance; DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security (CSIS/Heritage Foundation, 2004); and Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks (CSIS, 2002).  He has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including NPR, CNN, BBC, FOX News, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. 

Mr. Heyman holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University.

Last Published Date: September 4, 2012
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