Rick C. Mathews

Studies homeland security, infrastructure protection, intelligence, counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and emergency preparedness

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Rick C. Mathews

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: National Center for Security and Preparedness

Homeland security; infrastructure protection; intelligence; counter-terrorism and terrorism interdiction; information sharing; weapons of mass destruction; critical decision making; facility and systems security; emergency preparedness

Campus phone: (518) 426-1263
Campus email: rmathews@albany.edu


Rick C. Mathews is the Director of the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP). Affiliated with the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the NCSP was established in July of 2007. Mathews serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy where he teaches in the area of homeland security and preparedness.

The NCSP provides technical assistance, conducts research, and develops and delivers training across the nation in the areas of homeland security, infrastructure protection, intelligence, counter-terrorism and terrorism interdiction, information sharing, weapons of mass destruction, critical decision making, facility and systems security, and emergency preparedness, among others.

Prior to accepting his current position at the NCSP, Mathews served as the Assistant Director for Research and Development at the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT), Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University from January 2002 through July 2007.

His initial assignment at the NCBRT was to oversee the development and management of counter-terrorist preparedness training programs within the bioterrorism, medical, and public health communities. In September 2004, the NCBRT reorganized, and he accepted responsibility for directing the Research and Development Division, which encompassed Project Development, Instructor Development, Research, Analysis, and Marketing, and Technical Communications.

Among other areas, the R&D Division had primary responsibility for involving course development, instructor development/certification and training, mentoring for stakeholders and other training partners, technical communications, as well as grant and research efforts. While at the NCBRT, he led the development of 20 new courses and was instrumental in the significant revisions of eight other courses. Mathews also oversaw the production of four training videos as well as the provision of technical assistance to multiple organizations and government agencies.