James Steiner

Examines the craft of intelligence, with emphasis on intelligence analysis for homeland security

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James Steiner

Public Service Professor
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Public Administration and Policy

Homeland security; intelligence studies

Campus phone: (518) 442-5378
Campus email: jsteiner@albany.edu


Dr. Steiner is a Public Service Professor at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College and Program Coordinator for Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management. He teaches graduate-level courses in the craft of intelligence, with emphasis on intelligence analysis for homeland security.

From 2006 until 2009 he was Intelligence Advisor to the Director of New York State’s Office of Homeland Security and a consultant to the Chief Intelligence Officer in the Department of Homeland Security. In his New York State position, he was instrumental in creating a vision for using intelligence to support not only law enforcement counterterrorism efforts, but also to provide situational awareness for State-level executives and especially to improve the resiliency of critical infrastructure through geospatial analysis of suspicious activity reports. He also was a senior member of the working group that wrote New York’s new Homeland Security Strategy.

At the national level, as a senior advisor to the Undersecretary for Intelligence at DHS, he was a strong proponent for intelligence support to State and local governments, especially through massive expansion of classified communications and intelligence dissemination to fusion centers throughout the country. Dr. Steiner holds a TS/SCI clearance.

Dr. Steiner served in the CIA from 1972 to 2005. From September 2002 to September 2005 Jim served as the CIA Officer-in-Residence at Georgetown University. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses on intelligence, mentored students on careers in intelligence, developed and managed seminars and workshops, and lectured beyond the university on intelligence issues. He was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal when he retired from the CIA in December, 2005. Dr. Steiner taught intelligence analysis at the FBI Academy for six months before moving to Albany, NY in mid-2006.

Dr. Steiner’s most recent book is Homeland Security Intelligence (CQ Press, 2014).