About Us

The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) was established in July 2007. It is the research center for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Its offices are located in Albany, NY, but its operations extend across the State of New York and the nation.


Through collaboration, creativity, and a commitment to excellence, the National Center for Security and Preparedness supports the nation's efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to incidents of high consequence and disasters through research, education, training, and technical assistance.


A global leader and innovator in security and preparedness, the National Center for Security & Preparedness integrates research, education, training, and technical assistance.


Preparedness never stops. We are always improving our practices, incorporating new ideas, and learning from real world and academic insights. The NCSP is committed to this effort, blending theory and research with expert practical experience. Our approach has built success for our partners and clients in New York State, across the country, and internationally.

Adapting to an ever-evolving threat environment requires the ability to change the attitudes and beliefs of the people involved, from the highest ranking policymaker to the newly-minted first responder. NCSP subject matter experts, researchers, and staff work together to efficiently build tools for making this happen.


The NCSP's network of highly-skilled and experienced practitioners has its finger on the pulse of emerging threats and their potential impacts. This provides the foundation for our entire spectrum of capabilities- from academic research to high-fidelity training and exercises.

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated Response
  • Command, Control, and Communication
  • Crisis Management and Decision Making
  • Interoperability and Communications
  • Management of Multiple Casualty Incidents (MCIs)
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Multi-disciplined response to a complex, coordinated terrorist attack
  • SWAT and Tactical Operations
  • Tactical Medicine
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
  • Military Special Operations
  • Surveillance Detection and Terrorist Behavior
  • Improvised Explosive Devices
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction / CBRNE (planning and response)
  • Explosive Ordinance Disposal
  • Detection and Monitoring
  • Bioterrorism Planning and Response
  • Agroterrorism Planning and Response
  • Pandemic Response
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Decontamination Processes
  • Forensics and Crime Scene Processing in Hazardous Environments
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Firefighting
  • Emergency Management
  • Continuity of Operations / Continuity of Government
  • NIMS and Incident Command
  • Emergency Operations Center (Planning and Operations)
  • Disaster Procurement
  • Disaster Logistics & Stockpile Management
  • Consequence-Based Training
  • Exercise Design
  • Instructor Development
  • Professional Role Player Development
  • Medical Acting and Moulage
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Maritime Security Planning
  • Transportation Security (general)
  • Workplace, School, and Campus Preparedness
  • Risk Management
  • Target Hardening and Risk Assessment
  • Corporate Security
  • Executive Protection
  • Petroleum Industrial Security
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Industrial Hygiene

  • Hospital Administration
  • Public Health

High-Fidelity Training

Few individuals have experience responding to low-frequency high-consequence incidents. An effective response requires execution at a much higher speed in an unpredictable and often hostile environment. Our training is designed to meet this need by immersing responders, emergency managers, analysts, and the wider homeland security community in situations they could face. We challenge them to recognize and adjust to the consequences of their decisions.

The NCSP designs and delivers discussion, skill, and scenario-based courses based on client objectives, well-established theories, and a wealth of practical expertise. Training development and delivery processes flow together to facilitate continuous quality improvement, in the spirit of Lean, Six Sigma, and other leading management principles. This allows our courses to remain current with the evolving threat environment, providing scalable solutions to meet complex needs. Our approach relies on subject matter experts with an average of over 27 years' experience. Scenario-based courses leverage the NCSP's Training Role Player program, and can be adapted to a variety of environments based on the client's needs.

Policy and Exercises

In homeland security and emergency response, emerging threats are constantly pushing us to reconsider our approaches. The first step in improving a policy is to identify problems. These can include new information or challenges that did not exist when the original policy was conceived. Well-designed exercises identify gaps and promote effective implementation of changes.

Leveraging our community of nationally-recognized subject matter experts, the NCSP has supported policy evolutions in New York State and beyond. The NCSP drafted After Action Reports for New York State's response to Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, and supported the State's effort to implement changes based on lessons learned. This support included functional and tabletop exercises along with expert advisement on policy development. The NCSP also provided technical expertise to the NYS EOC during the response to Hurricane Sandy.