Alexander Siedschlag, PhD
Alexander Siedschlag is professor of homeland security at the Penn State School of Public Affairs and program chair of the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Graduate Certificate. He holds a master’s and doctoral degree in political science, sociology and psychology from the University of Munich and a venia legendi ("habilitation") for political science from Humboldt University Berlin.
A former NATO research fellow, Dr. Siedschlag started his career as a strategic analyst and then worked in the field of theories and methods of international politics as well as of the European Security and Defense Policy. Dr. Siedschlag has a long standing strong record in academic teaching in international relations and security, and in extramural lecturing, including at the former European Security and Defense Assembly, the National Defense Academy Vienna, and NATO School.
Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Siedschlag was a professor for security research and chair of the Center for European Security Studies (CEUSS) at Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria/EU). In his scholarly work, Dr. Siedschlag has recently concentrated on strategic cultures and security cultures; scenario foresight; methods of civil security research; disaster management, including the use of social media; as well as on civil-military relations in crisis management. He has authored six monographs, more than one hundred articles, and edited twelve anthologies.
Beyond his current focus on doctoral teaching and advising in Sigmund Freud University's premium track in security research, Dr. Siedschlag served as the coordinator of the EU co-funded security research project FOCUS (2011–13) on foresight security scenarios to plan for research in support of "European Union 2035" security roles, and their technological, social, and other requirements. He was also a member of the working group "education and research" within the Austrian federal ICT security strategy.
Paul B. Thompson, Esq.
J.D., University of Baltimore; LL.M., Georgetown University, Instructor of Political Science and Homeland Security
Paul B. Thompson recently retired as professor of national security studies and law at the National War College. While there, he also served as a fellow at The Bush School at Texas A & M University. Thompson served for many years in national government, in positions such as U.S. National Security Council staff assistant to the President, senior legal adviser to the Chief of Naval Operations, and senior legal and legislative adviser to the Secretary of Defense.
Thomas Arminio, Captain, USN (Ret.)
Thomas Arminio is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. Prior to joining Penn State Harrisburg, Captain Arminio spent 24 years in a variety of challenging and demanding assignments in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2001, and spent nearly six years as director of emergency management services in a private-sector consulting firm.
He is currently a faculty instructor in the Penn State iMPS program, coordinator of military programs, and the coordinator of the undergraduate program in homeland security.
Kent H. Butts, PhD
Dr. Kent Hughes Butts is a senior lecturer in the Homeland Security program. He holds an appointment as a senior fellow to the Center for Naval Analysis. His prior positions include professor of political military strategy and director, National Security Issues Group, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College; research professor in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College; associate professor, Science Research Laboratory, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and United States Defense and Army attaché and security assistance officer in Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he holds a master's degree in business administration from Boston University and an MA and PhD in geography from the University of Washington, and was a John M. Olin Post-Doctoral Fellow in National Security at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the U.S. Army War College, and formerly held the Army War College George C. Marshall Chair of Military Studies.
Dr. Butts has organized and conducted international conferences, workshops, and games on environmental security in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He headed the U.S. delegation and co-chaired the NATO Environmental Security Pilot Study meetings in Warsaw and Prague, and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the OSCE Economic Forum (Prague). He has been interviewed by the BBC, TIME magazine, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and other media, and twice testified before Congress on the topic of climate change and security. He is author or editor of numerous national security publications, and co-editor of the book Sustainability and National Security.
Part-time faculty are appointed on a semester-by-semester basis. Many of these faculty are experts from the homeland security enterprise who work in the mission space, providing students with a rich breadth of instruction that enhances the overall learning experience.