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Steven G. King


Assistant Professor and US Department of Homeland Security Chair

Dr. Steven G. King Dr. Steven G. King has been an executive at the US Department of Homeland Security since its creation in 2003. During his tenure at DHS, Dr. King was recognized at the White House for his "dedicated service and technical contributions toward the development of Executive Order 13546, optimizing the security of biological select agents and toxins." He authored significant portions of the nation’s first Federal chemical security regulations and, later, led the implementation of the interagency Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative for critical infrastructure at the US Department of Justice. More recently, as the first Geospatial Portfolio Manager for DHS, Dr. King led the overall governance and alignment of all geospatial (location-based) programs and systems within DHS, and worked to implement the first enterprise-wide geospatial office at FEMA headquarters. He has authored several congressionally mandated reports and co-authored numerous national strategy documents, including the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. He is currently the DHS Chair at the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly ICAF).

Prior to joining DHS, Dr. King taught explosives for the US Department of Justice and conducted vulnerability assessments and developed emergency response plans for the Pentagon Reservation, US House of Representatives, US Capitol Police Board, and critical infrastructure across the nation. His prior experience includes working as a local law enforcement officer and he also has over 20 years of experience as a firefighter and EMT-Paramedic. He still remains active as a volunteer fire officer and nationally registered EMT-Paramedic. In addition to numerous firefighting, emergency medical services, law enforcement, technical rescue, and hazardous materials related certifications; Dr. King is board certified in security management as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), certified in homeland security, level five (CHS-V), a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master in agile project management.

Steve holds a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communication, a Master of Science in Biodefense, a Master of Business Administration, and an undergraduate degree in Emergency Services Administration. His doctoral dissertation examined the influence of geographic information systems (GIS) on decision making during the Federal response to a natural disaster. He has been published in several peer reviewed academic journals and popular magazines. He completed the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Executive Leaders’ program, the Federal Executive Institute’s flagship course, Leadership for a Democratic Society, and a Senior Executive Fellowship at Harvard University.

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