Stephen Flynn, professor of political science; co-director, Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security
Flynn is a pioneer in advocating an approach to security based on resilience: because we can never completely eliminate the threat of natural and man-made disasters, we need to focus on mitigating the consequences.
For example, he has led post-9/11 efforts to safeguard the flow of international commerce while deterring terrorists by advocating for stepped-up inspections of cargo containers overseas—before they are shipped to U.S. ports—and promoting new requirements and technologies to improve monitoring of legitimate container movements.
Building that kind of resilience into our infrastructure requires collaboration by experts across a multitude of disciplines, such as engineering, economics, management, public policy, psychology, and computer science.
Flynn and his team are cultivating that expertise to identify the critical points in our systems, analyze their vulnerabilities, and decide how best to minimize the damage—and impact—of a blow, whether from a bomb or a hurricane.