James E. Steiner

James E. Steiner

Program Coordinator for Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management and Public Service Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity


Milne Hall 119A

Jim Steiner has over 45 years experience conducting, leading, managing, and teaching intelligence. Currently, he is Program Coordinator for Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management as well as Public Service Professor at the State University of New York at Albany’s Rockefeller College where for the past eight years he has been teaching courses in the craft of intelligence, with emphasis on homeland security. From 2006 until 2009 he was the senior counterterrorism and intelligence counselor to the New York State Homeland Security Advisor and senior consultant to the Chief Intelligence Officer (Charlie Allen) in the federal Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Steiner has written extensively on intelligence issues, including his textbook Homeland Security Intelligence published by Sage/CQ Press in July 2014. Jim currently holds a Top Secret SCI clearance.

Dr. Steiner served in the CIA for 33 years. For the first twenty years, he focused on Soviet defense and economic issues. In 1992, he was promoted into the Senior Intelligence Service as Chief of the Soviet Defense Programs Division. Over the next decade, Dr. Steiner served in a series of increasingly senior positions, including Deputy Director for Crime and Narcotics. In this capacity, he led the Intelligence Community's analytic program and managed the CIA's operational programs aimed at countering illegal drug production and interdicting drug flows to the US.

From 2002 to 2005 Jim served as the CIA Officer-in-Residence at Georgetown University. He taught courses on intelligence, mentored students, and lectured beyond the university on intelligence issues. Jim was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal when he retired from the CIA in 2005. Dr. Steiner then taught intelligence analysis at the FBI Academy before moving to Albany, NY.

Dr. Steiner attended Georgetown University from 1964-1968 earning a B.S. Foreign Service with a concentration in International Economics. He received an M.A. in Economics in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1977. After college, Jim served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy at SOUTHCOM in Panama.

CEHC Courses Taught

CEHC 556/ RPAD 556 Homeland Security Intelligence
CEHC 557/ RPAD 557 Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
CEHC 558/ RPAD 558 Intelligence and US National Security Policymaking 


Research Interests

National, State, Local, and Private Sector Intelligence; Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security; National Security Policymaking