About the Center for Homeland Security & Resilience

Rooted in the realist tradition and the belief that national and homeland security are too important to stand idly by while security threats and risks continue to increase, the CHSR was established in 2015 as a non-partisan and not-for-profit ‘501c3’ Think Tank headquartered in Annapolis, MD.  

However, far from being just another traditional Washington area Think Tank, CHSR's founders seek to ensure they are recognized as leaders in a new kind of Think Tank -- one perhaps better described as a Think - Educate - Act Tank.  In pursuit of these 3 goals -- to thinkto educate, and to act -- we seek to share information about innovative, comprehensive, and realistic solutions to meet today's complex challenges.  We do this by ensuring robust public dialogue on these matters and promoting appropriate attention by both public and private sector entities, including leading multinationals, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and members of the legislative and executive branches.

CHSR staff also conduct and manage studies on specific topics for a variety of parties interested in helping the nation to remain secure and resilient in defiance of the threats we face.

Staff & Fellows

J. Michael Barrett, Director of CHSR

Mike Barrett is a homeland and national security expert and noted author with an extensive background in security policy, military intelligence, and support to US counter-terrorism operations at home and abroad. His homeland and national security credentials include serving as the Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council, Intelligence Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Senior Analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Mike has served as a Homeland Security Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, an Olin Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and a research analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He is also currently a member of the Washington, DC Homeland Security Commission.

Mike received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and an M.B.A. from the Australian School of Business in Sydney, Australia. He also was graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Occasional Guest Lecturer at National Defense University, Georgetown University, and Joint Special Operations University. 

Mike is a regular commentator on all manner of security issues, having been interviewed on television and radio by ABC, The Canadian Broadcast Company, Fox News, FRONTLINE, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, The New York Metro News, New York Sun, and The Washington Post. He also is the co-author of two books on security and counter-terrorism (including a New York Times Best Seller) and has authored more than a dozen journal and opinion-editorial articles.   Mike can be reached at mbarrett@Security-Resilience.org.

Dr. Jennifer Ricklin, Senior Fellow

With over 30 years of experience as a national security technology leader, Dr. Ricklin has extensive public and private sector experience with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Air Force, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  She served as a DARPA Program Manager managing systems development programs of national importance while initiating more than 30 studies to explore emergent technologies, as the Chief Technologist for the Air Force Research Laboratory advising on the technology vision for the Air Force’s $5.2 billion Science and Technology program, and as the Director for Strategic Technologies for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control. 

Dr. Ricklin is a prolific author and holder of multiple patents, receiving her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, MS in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, and BS in physics from Sam Houston State University.  She is also a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), where she served on the Board of Directors, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE and former member of the Air Force Science Advisory Board.   

Kevin Carroll, Adjunct Fellow

Kevin Carroll is an Adjunct Fellow with CHSR & an attorney with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.  He also practiced law as senior counsel to the House Homeland Security Committee, and as a law clerk to a US District Judge.  Previously, Kevin served in the Middle East as a CIA case officer and as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan and Iraq with Special Operations Command, on the Joint Staff, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He earned his JD at Fordham Law and an LLM in national security from Georgetown Law.

Advisory Board


Dr. Dan Goure, Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Goure is a national and homeland security expert and Vice President of the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization. A frequent commentator in the media and advisor to senior national security leaders, Dan has held senior positions in both the private sector and the U.S. Government, including as the director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Director, International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He is a well-known and respected presence in the media, having been interviewed by all the major networks, CNN, Fox, the BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. He also has consulted for the Departments of State, Defense and Energy and taught or lectured at the Johns Hopkins University, the Foreign Service Institute, the National War College, the Naval War College, the Air War College, and the Inter-American Defense College.

Delilah Barton, Member, Board of Directors

Ms. Delilah Barton, MBA, PMP, is a senior homeland security and emergency management consultant with 21 years of professional experience. For the past eight years, she has served as an Associate Director in the Institute of Public Research’s Safety and Security division at CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization. Delilah has managed strategic planning and policy projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Federal Emergency Management Agency; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and the U.S. Coast Guard—giving her a broad understanding of the homeland security and resilience space.Delilah also has supported state and local jurisdictions with their homeland security programs, including the development of the first regional hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) for the National Capital Region, conducting Maryland’s statewide homeland security assessment, and providing catastrophic planning support for the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program.

Phil Palin, Member, Board of Directors

An author and consultant on risk, strategy, and supply chain surety, Mr. Palin is the principal co-author of the Catastrophe Preparation and Prevention series from McGraw-Hill and contributor to the Homeland Security Affairs Journal.  He also has served as an instructor with the graduate program in homeland security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security of the Naval Postgraduate School and currently serves as the staff consultant for supply chain resilience with the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.   He is also a Senior Fellow in Homeland Security at the Graduate School of Rutgers University.