Erroll G. Southers

Expert in counterterrorism, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups

Associate director of Research Transition, National Homeland Security Center for Risk, Economic Analysis and Terrorism Events (CREATE)

Adjunct professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy, USC Price School of Public Policy


  • Election 2016
  • counterterrorism
  • homeland security and public policy
  • aviation terrorism and airport security
  • mass transit terrorism threats and countermeasures
  • al Qaeda, Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups
  • terrorist threat and vulnerability asssessments
  • Israeli counterterrorism strategies

Additional Information

  • Managing director of Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection, TAL Global Corporation (an Israeli-American firm)
  • President Obama’s first nominee to head the TSA
  • Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence, Los Angeles World Airports Police Department
  • Deputy director of the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
  • FBI special agent, assigned to counterterrorism and counterintelligence, SWAT
  • Santa Monica Police Department detective; Rio Hondo Police Academy faculty and tactical staff member; and a court-qualified gang expert
  • Visiting fellow, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya, Israel
  • Senior fellow, UCLA School of Public Affairs
  • Certified Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), Certified Institutional Protection Manager
  • Listed as one of Security Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders
  • Recipient: Homeland Security Program Top Achiever Award; Earl Warren Outstanding Public Service Award; USC Price School of Public Policy Outstanding Alumni Award


  • Research at USC CREATE

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