Dr. Parney Albright was named a Potomac Institute Senior Fellow in September 2006. Dr. Albright is currently a Managing Director of Civitas Group LLC, which has, as its core mission, matching solutions with the vast security and planning requirements of the homeland and national security sectors. To accomplish this mission, Civitas creates, invests in, and provides strategic advisory services to companies with solutions that are critical to protecting our nation.

Dr. Albright is one of the nation’s leading experts on homeland and national security policy and technology. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology, where he was responsible for developing the multi-year strategy, planning guidance and budget for the complete portfolio of programs comprising the Science and Technology Directorate. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Albright served jointly as Senior Director for Research and Development in the Office of Homeland Security and Assistant Director for the Office of Homeland and National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was a key architect and a primary author of the President’s National Strategy for Homeland Security, and while in the White House was responsible for directing the formation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, which constituted the Department’s counter-WMD and research and development enterprise. Previously, he served as Program Manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Earlier in his career, Dr. Albright served in a number of positions for the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Dr. Albright has extensive senior-level experience in executive decision making; policy direction, strategic planning; Congressional and Executive branch interactions; and research, development, testing, and evaluation of national and homeland security technologies and systems. He has a broad understanding of U.S. and foreign government civilian and military requirements, functions, and processes. His experience also includes system performance analyses; technical requirements analyses; project development and management; and experiment design and execution. He has demonstrated leadership in these areas since 1986, with an emphasis on countering terrorism; protecting against weapons of mass destruction; protecting the borders; developing and implementing intelligence and special operations technologies; and systems performance analysis of space systems and ballistic and cruise missile defense systems.

Dr. Albright received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1985 from the University of Maryland and his B.S. in both Physics and Applied Mathematics from the George Washington University in 1979.