Andrew Lauland

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Senior International/Defense Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.P.P. in public policy/admin/analysis, Harvard University; B.A. in economics, Georgetown University


Andrew Lauland is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His recent research includes the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on the nation’s critical functions and infrastructure, improving response and resilience to emergenices, the impacts of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on Puerto Rico’s municipal governments, crisis leadership, and improving response to mass shootings.  Previously, he served as the Director of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) for the State of Maryland from 2007 to 2015.

Lauland was responsible for the development and implementation of Maryland’s strategic plan for homeland security and “Homeland Security Stat” an objective, data-driven performance management system. He has extensive experience in public safety technology; law enforcement; homegrown violent extremism; intelligence, information sharing and situational awareness; critical infrastructure and transportation security; biosurveillance and public health preparedness; emergency management, disaster planning and response; specialized response (HazMat, tactical, and EOD); National Guard and Defense Support to Civil Authorities; and design/reform of fusion centers and emergency operations centers.

From 2002 to 2007 Lauland served as Homeland Security Advisor for the Mayor of Baltimore and Deputy Director of CitiStat, Baltimore’s data-driven performance management program. In 2005 Lauland deployed with 150 Baltimore City police officers, firefighters and public works personnel to Louisiana for a ten-day mission following Hurricane Katrina to provide direct assistance to first responders, including search and rescue operations and restoration of government.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Kennedy School of Government.


  • Crane trucks in the construction of a bridge, photo by Juan Enrique del Barrio/Adobe Stock

    New Thinking to Translate Infrastructure Dollars into Resilience

    Infrastructure investments the United States makes today to recover from the pandemic can help boost resilience for the future. We will need to think beyond what we've done in the past to ensure that these investments can continue to protect the nation from shifting threats in the future.

    Jun 2, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou following Hurricane Harvey in a neighborhood west of Houston, Texas, August 30, 2017

    Rethinking Disaster Evacuation

    Before a storm hits, officials must decide whether to evacuate the public or advise them to shelter in place. Other, more targeted choices — such as sheltering in safer locations within a city — could be available if an analytic basis for making such judgments were fully developed.

    Sep 11, 2017 Domestic Preparedness Journal

  • A senior airman working in defensive cyber operations at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Rather Than Fearing 'Cyber 9/11,' Prepare for 'Cyber Katrina'

    The United States needs a smooth, well-functioning mutual aid system for cybersecurity that provides all of the hard-won benefits of the nation's system for hurricanes and other emergencies.

    Mar 30, 2016 U.S. News & World Report