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. 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 designed to optimize performance and ensure achievement of Maryland’s strategic plan. He has extensive experience in public safety technology; local law enforcement; homegrown violent extremism and lone wolf incidents; 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, SWAT/tactical, and EOD); the National Guard and Defense Support to Civil Authorities; and design and reform of the fusion centers and emergency operations centers.

From 2002 to 2007 Lauland served as the 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 St. Bernard’s Parish and the City of Gretna 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.


  • 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