Michael Houlne (2015-16)

Washington office

Michael P. Houlne is serving as the 2015-2016 DHS Fellow having joined RAND from the Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate (LSSD) within Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Houlne joined CBP in 2009 and has served in several collaborative roles providing technical support pursuant to enforcing U.S. trade law and policy. Houlne has also served as a technical advisor to several internal DHS operations supporting border security, particularly in the area of disseminating radiation and chemical detection results to DHS employees. Houlne serves as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve assigned duties as a counterterrorism analyst and collaterally managing training requirements for unit members. Before joining the federal service, Houlne was employed in the in the medical device industry as a research scientist.

Houlne holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Texas Tech University and will complete the M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2016. Houlne currently serves as a technical reviewer for Optical Engineering, a publication of SPIE - the International Society for Optics and Photonics. His areas of interest and research include counterterrorism, information operations, trade policy and enforcement, homeland security, security cooperation and strategic partnerships.