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Expert in homeland security and law enforcement operations and policy development

John D. Cohen is a professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in Newark and a senior advisor at the Rutgers University Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security. With more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and homeland security, Cohen served as the acting under secretary and principal deputy under secretary for intelligence and analysis of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  As the senior career official within the office, Cohen served as its chief operating officer, responsible for the gathering, analysis and dissemination of intelligence information.

Cohen also served as DHS’s counterterrorism coordinator overseeing the development and implementation of department-wide counterterrorism operational activities and programs, including those associated with the detection and prevention of, response to, and recovery from acts of terrorism in the United States. He also led DHS’s efforts to establish multi-disciplinary programs focused on countering violent extremism, preventing and responding to mass casualty/active shooter attacks, improving information sharing, and expanding DHS’s interactions and collaboration with faith communities.

Cohen has an extensive background in homeland security and law enforcement operations and policy development. He was senior homeland security policy advisor to a number of state and local officials including the governors of Massachusetts and Arizona. In 2004, he was selected by the National Journal as one of the “100 Key People in Homeland Security.” Cohen has worked within the private sector and has held a variety of government positions.

Cohen earned a bachelor’s degree in American history at Connecticut College.

Cohen discusses ISIS terrorist recruitment tactics on ABC's This Week.