A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration in the lead up to 9/11 and the failure of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to properly regulate the nuclear power industry. Now we’ve gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. Kim Jong Un has threatened to conduct a nuclear electromagnetic pulse missile test over the Pacific. Hawaii and Guam have issued warnings and distributed guidance to their citizens regarding precautions to take in the event of such an attack. The situation is dire because our government has failed to heed a decade of warnings from the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack. A nuclear EMP attack would destroy electronics everywhere and black out our electric grid for an extended period. It would cripple the critical infrastructure necessary to maintain modern civilization. Our nuclear power plants would lose the electricity required to cool reactor cores and spent fuel pools. They would overheat and begin to spread toxins in about three weeks. The EMP Commission has said that millions of Americans would die from starvation, disease and the resulting societal collapse.
Mr. Brian Sullivan, an ALPF Senior Fellow, received the medal for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty during state service. Sullivan was recognized this week when the state unveiled a plaque naming all eight recipients of the award at National Guard headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base.
ALPF welcomes aviation and aerospace law expert and professor Sarah Nilsson as Sr. Fellow. Nilsson has both an aviation and a legal background. She began her career as a pilot in 1994 and is a Federal Aviation Administration licensed airline transport pilot in multi and single engine fixed-wing airplanes. Since 2000 she has been a gold-seal flight instructor, and has trained hundreds of pilots. She also has flown cargo and private business jets.
Dylan R. Bryant is both a public and private business professional in his work as a dual legislator assistant in House Majority Caucus leadership in the Missouri House of Representatives at the Missouri State Capitol, webmaster and chief marketing coordinator for Bryant Auction LLC., a private liquidation company, member of the board of directors, executive secretary, and a senior research fellow at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation (ALPF), and a graduate of the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at Arkansas State University.
Dr. Dean Dohrman is a Missouri State Representative and a Senior Research Fellow at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation. Dohrman is also a life-long educator and an agricultural, business, and trade expert.
Sullivan was instrumental in developing the FAA’s Facility Security Inspection System and served as an adjunct instructor at the FAA’s Aeronautical Academy in Oklahoma City. After retiring in 2001, Brian coordinated with another former FAA Special Agent/Red Team Member, Steve Elson to produce an award winning expose’ on poor security at Boston’s Logan Airport in May ’01, five months prior to 9/11.
Certified in Career Coaching by PARW/CC, Natascha earned a bachelor’s degree from UMASS Amherst, is an Executive Education Alumna of both Harvard Kennedy School in Leading Change, and MIT Sloan in Entrepreneurship, trained in Mediation from Harvard Law, trained in Scaling Up from Stanford Business School, an MBA graduate of Johnson & Wales, a Master’s in Leadership degree holder and currently a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in Leadership from Northeastern University.
ALPF welcomes international relations and ideological expert Joseph Butta as a senior fellow. Mr. Joseph “Joe” Butta began his service with the United States Government in 1986 as an investigator for the Department of Defense. After five years, Joe entered a government internship that focused on issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. Mr. Butta graduated from this program as an Intelligence Analyst in 1995. In addition to becoming a Middle East North Africa Desk Officer, Joe spent approximately five years with NATO’s Southern Command as an Analyst and Liaison Officer in support of allied operations in the Balkans.
Herschel Campbell is a Senior Fellow at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation, global security professional in the energy industry, and a former United States Air Force Intelligence Analyst.
Currently, Campbell performs high-level evaluations and assessments of global incidents. In this capacity, he originates threat assessments, conducts global asset monitoring, liaises with global regional security centers, briefs executive decision makers, and initiates and distributes worldwide alerts on conflict, terrorism, disease, geopolitical transitions, natural disasters, and socio-economic situations. Specific projects include papers and assessments on the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa and the development of corporate Crisis Mitigation and Action Plans.
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation welcomes Dr. Maurice Dawson as a Senior Fellow. Dawson is the Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Cyber Security) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and a published author, among many other notable achievements.
Ehrenfeld has testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the Canadian and European Parliaments, and provided evidence to the British Parliament, and consulted government agencies such as the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. Fluent in several languages, she organized numerous international conferences and with the ACD team served as an election observer in Central Asia, North Africa and Eastern European countries. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Committee on the Present Danger.
Jonathan (Jon) Herrmann is a trusted leader and consultant in information strategy, policy, and analysis. Jon has over 20 years of experience in information operations (IO) and over 25 years’ experience in intelligence. His background centers on information power and its use within the complex information environment. Global actors like the United States, China, and Russia are areas of special interest.
ALPF is honored to welcome Kerry O’Brien Smith as a Visiting Research Fellow. As a researcher, Ms. Smith brings a wealth of experience in family advocacy, law, and social research.
With 20 years of public relations, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and research experience, Ms. Smith is enthusiastic about ALPF’s examination of the impact federal and state policies that affect the American family have on national security. In addition, she will help examine issues relating to efforts by international terrorists to take advantage of at risk demographics.
Dana S. Stockton is a veteran Air Force instructor pilot and Weapons Officer and Senior Fellow at the American Leadership and Policy Foundation. Stockton leads idea development, issue analysis, research strategy, and oversees and cultivates an expansive nationwide network of research teams and fellows concerned with public law, economic, and national security issues that impact America’s citizens and domestic and international interests. His central goal is to ensure America’s citizens and leaders have access to unbiased “pure” information and ideas that aid in strengthening our Republic and democratic ideals.
American Leadership and Policy Foundation Senior Fellow, Phil Sumrall joined the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in 1962 as a member of the Wernher von Braun team that developed the Saturn family of launch vehicles used in the Apollo Program. Later he worked on Saturn improvement studies and other advanced concepts including launch vehicles, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Skylabspace station and the Space Shuttle concept definition.
He was named Chief of the Space Exploration Office at the Center in 1989, a position in which he was the Agency focalpoint for concept definition of all space transportation elements required to transport humans between Earth and the surface of Mars.