Major General (Ret) Bruce M. Lawlor

Former Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security, former Senior Director for Protection and Prevention, White House Homeland Security Council. First Commanding General, Department of Defense Joint Task Force-Civil Support. Recognized as one of the Nation’s leading authorities on homeland security policy and operations, MG Lawlor has extensive experience in homeland security policy formulation and operational planning and homeland security operations execution. He has held dual faculty appointments as Distinguished Service Professor, Howe School of Technology Management and Schaefer School of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology. He is presently a professor at the George Washington University.

MG Lawlor is experienced in U.S. Government homeland security policy making at the most senior levels. As DHS Chief of Staff, he managed the department’s policy decision making process, coordinated department operations, and provided oversight for implementation of the Secretary’s decisions. While a member of the Homeland Security Council staff, he directed the development of U.S. Government strategic plans and policies, provided oversight of interagency coordination of inter and intra governmental programs, and provided policy input to senior U.S. Government officials concerning a broad range of homeland security related issues relating to medical and public health, transportation, border security, critical infrastructure, nuclear power, aviation and other homeland security related issues. MG Lawlor was one of five senior White House staff members who wrote the plan to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

MG Lawlor also has experience in the design, stand-up, organization and operation of large, complex organizations. He stood-up and became the first commanding general of the Department of Defense’s Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS). JTF-CS is a standing joint task force assigned to the United States Northern Command. Its mission is to plan and integrate Department of Defense consequence management support to civil authorities following a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high yield explosives (CBRNE) event within the United States, its possessions or territories.

MG Lawlor has a doctor of science degree in engineering management, a juris doctor degree in law, and a masters degree in national security studies. He is a Harvard National Security Fellow and has served as an instructor at the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the Vermont, Massachusetts and Florida Bar Associations.