Randy Larsen: Talking About Homeland Security


Randall Larsen educates, enthralls, and inspires as he talks about leadership during troubled times.

Larsen is the Founding Director of the WMD Center, a not-for-profit research organization he formed with Senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and Jim Talent (R-MO).  He is also the national security advisor at the Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and the author of Our Own Worst Enemy (Grand Central Publications, 2007).

Larsen's former leadership positions include: vice president and corporate officer (one of only five) in a 400-person consulting firm; executive director of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism; founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security; department chair and professor of strategy at the National War College; chief of legislative liaison at the U.S. Transportation Command; and commander of America's VIP fleet of aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base Maryland, where he was responsible for 1,000 people, 47 airplanes and helicopters, a $150 million annual budget, and some very high-maintenance customers. He also served as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and on the Defense Science Board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the National Speakers Association.

His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, Business Week, and Ripon Forum. In 2007, US News & World Report, Congressional Quarterly and the Washington Times carried in-depth profiles on Larsen. He is a frequent guest commentator on radio and television including: CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, BBC, NPR, Jim Lehrer News Hour, Fox News Channel, Larry King Live, Oprah and Dr. Oz.

Colonel Larsen has flown a wide range of military and civilian aircraft including supersonic jets, large transport aircraft, airliners and executive jets, plus 400 combat missions in Vietnam in helicopters. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 17 awards of the Air Medal (3 with "V" Device for Valor), and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.




vertical rule

Randall Larsen portrait


Founding Director, Institute for Homeland Security

National Security Advisor to the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

Expert Witness, 9/11 Commission

Member, Defense Science Board

CBS News Consultant for Homeland Security

Former Commander of America’s Fleet of VIP Aircraft