Aaron C. Davenport is the associate director for the Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program (SPOP) within the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.
Davenport retired as a senior officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. His final assignment was Chief of Cutter Forces for a fleet of 250 ships and 8,500 sea going personnel. He also served as Deputy Chief, Office of Counter-Terrorism and Special Missions and Executive Officer, Counterdrug Operations, US Southern Command. Davenport’s sea duty includes six ships and command of two large cutters, enforcing international fisheries treaties, international immigration and trafficking laws, and performing cooperative security assistance, humanitarian assistance and joint maritime operations throughout the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Bering Sea. He was detailed to the White House Staff as Special Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism for two administrations.
Davenport completed senior executive fellowships at the RAND's National Defense Research Institute and the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. He holds a BS in Marine Sciences from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a MS in Environmental Sciences from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Davenport participated as an expert panel member and paper presenter at the 2019 NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, Advanced Research Workshop on Counterterrorism and is currently advising the U.S. Institute of Security Governance and Bahamas Ministry of National Security. Earlier research and analysis include assessing border security in Northern Africa, the Caucasus, and assessments of DHS program strategy, policy and metrics. He has participated in several congressionally mandated studies, written for several publications within the national and homeland security arena and is an expert on maritime and border security.
Concurrent Non-RAND Positions
White House Special Advisor for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism, Office of the Vice President of the United States, National Security and Homeland Security Affairs, 2007-2009; Chief, US Coast Office of Cutter Forces, Department of Homeland Security, 2011-2014; Deputy Chief, US Coast Guard Office of Counter-terrorism and Special Missions, Department of Homeland Security, 2005-2006; Executive Officer, Counter-drug Operations Division, US Southern Command Headquarters, Department of Defense, 2001-2003; Commanding Officer, US Coast Guard Cutters JARVIS, (2009-2010) VALIANT (2003-2005), Department of Homeland Security; Operations Officer, US Coast Guard Marine Safety and Group Office, Philadelphia, PA, Department of Transportation, 1988-1990,; Deputy Chief, Safety and Environmental Health Branch; Senior Industrial Hygienist, US Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Department of Transportation, 1995-1998
- USCG Evergreen - Future Strategic Planning and Emerging Policy
- Security Cooperation and Security Governance - Ministry of National Security, RBDF, Bahamas
- COVID-19 Secretary's Advisory Group, Analytical Support
- Domain Awareness Strategic Plan
- Evaluation of Colombia Counterdrug Programs
Aaron C. Davenport and William C. Hinds, "Carbon Monoxide and Oxides of Nitrogen Exposure During Offloading of Car Carrier Vessels," Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
A.C. Davenport, T.J. Glynn, H. Rhambarose, "Coast Guard Exposure to Gasoline, MTBE, and Benzene Vapors During Inspection of Tank Barges," American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Davenport, Aaron C., Jonathan William Welburn, Andrew Lauland, Annelise Pietenpol, Marc Robbins, Erin Rebhan, Patricia Boren, and K. Jack Riley, An Evaluation of the Department of Defense's Excess Property Program: Law Enforcement Agency Equipment Acquisition Policies, Findings, and Options, RAND Corporation, 2018
Gerstein, Daniel M., Anthony Atler, Aaron C. Davenport, Beth Grill, Amanda Kadlec, and William Young, Managing International Borders: Balancing Security with the Licit Flow of People and Goods, RAND Corporation, 2018
Liisa Ecola, Aaron Davenport et. al., Rebuilding Surface, Maritime, and Air Transportation in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, RAND Corporation (RR-2607-DHS), 2020
Aaron C. Davenport, Lessons from Maritime Narcotics Interdiction: Interdiction in the Maritime Source, Transit, and Arrival Zones of the Western Hemisphere, IOS Press, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Vol 150 (EP-68327), 2020
Aaron C. Davenport et. al., Decoding Data Science, RAND Corporation (PE-A150-1), 2020
Savitz et. al., Enhancing U.S. Coast Guard Metrics, RAND Corporation (RR-1173-USCG), 2015
Honors & Awards
- Defense Superior Service Medal, Secretary of Defense, Office of the Vice President of the United States
- Meritorious Service Medal (4), Commander, U.S. Southern Command; USCG Commandant; USCG Pacific Area/Atlantic Area Commander
- 2019, 2017, 2016 Research and Analysis, Key Contributor Medal, RAND Corporation