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Jeffrey Glick

Professor of Practice, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
Jeffrey Glick
900 N. Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Ph.D., Engineering and Systems Management, George Washington University, 2013
  • M.S., Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, 1995
  • M.A., School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago,
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Glick was a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in the Department of Homeland Security until his retirement in summer of 2019. He was responsible for the review of federal cybersecurity preparedness and response capabilities in regards to major cyber events or possible attacks in coordination with theprivate sector.
Previously, he directed communication technology experts across the nation developing and strengthening emergency communications at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governmental levels, and with non-governmental organizations and the private sector. He also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for Emergency Programs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House and in DHS, where his office was responsible for coordinating communications response during Presidentially declared disasters with federal agencies and the private sector.  Dr. Glick worked for 25 years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency developing and directing a wide range of emergency management programs and has directly responded to a wide variety of disasters, technological and terrorism events
Dr. Glick has taught for many years in the Center for Public Administration and Policy and has been a critical player in developing and teaching the SPIA Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security, which he currently directs. 

  • Advanced Topics in Policy Systems Management: Homeland Security Prevention and Mitigation
  • Homeland Security: Response and Recovery
  • Homeland Security and the Terrorist Threat
  • Director of the Homeland Security Certificate Program
  • Contributing author for revision of chapters, “From Painful Past to an Uncertain Future” and “The Evolving Federal Role in Emergency Management: Policies and Processes” in edited volume, Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900 – 2000.  Claire Rubin, CRC Press.  2020.
  • “Moving From Situational Awareness To Decision During Disaster Response: Transition To Decision Making.”  Journal of Emergency Management.  Vol. 11, Number 6, November-December 2013.
  • Decision Making By Leaders In High Consequence Disasters.  Dissertation for Ph.D. Department of Engineering and Systems Management, George Washington University, Washington D.C., May 2013.
  • Strategies for Organization and Operation of Emergency Management in the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority.  FEMA.  December 2000.
  • “Preparedness for a Catastrophic Casualty Disaster.”  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.  Vol. 13, Number 2-4, April-December 1998.  Written with Marvin Birnbaum, MD, PhD.

Researching and writing on the enduring principles of emergency management and also on the nature and characteristics of decision processes utilized by leadership in disasters and terrorism events.

My research interests are in the fields of homeland security, emergency management and decision making.  They include the processes, methods, tools, and technologies for developing situational awareness and understanding leading to decision making by individuals and organizations in stressful environments.  In addition, I have a strong research interest in disaster and terrorism preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery as well as in critical infrastructure resiliency.