Daniel Kaniewski is a homeland security and emergency management leader

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Daniel Kaniewski has been developing and executing homeland security and emergency management strategies and programs for nearly twenty years. Dan has a unique blend of policy and operational experience. This includes serving as a Presidential advisor, management consulting executive, university administrator and faculty member, and first responder. He was a senior advisor at the White House during major crises and is a trusted security expert to numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

This site provides information about Dan’s background, including his biography, publications, photos, and media.

Daniel Kaniewski, PhD

is Deputy Administrator for Resilience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Dr. Kaniewski previously led the global resilience practice at a catastrophe risk modeling firm and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. He also previously served in the White House, as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.

Previous contributions to The Daily Signal 

“The incoming president will need to be prepared to take decisive action immediately upon assuming office.”

Daniel Kaniewski

Why We Need a National Security Transition Plan for the Next Administration

“As we saw in Paris and Mali, local law enforcement officers are on the front line of defense against terror. Now that ISIS is threatening similar attacks here at home, police should have a keen understanding of what happened there to inform their efforts here.”

Daniel Kaniewski

How the NYPD Works to Counter Terror Threats

“Al-Qaeda’s quest for ‘spectacular’ attacks on the homeland has morphed into ISIS’ more pragmatic goal: to terrorize by any means possible. And the terrorists who struck Friday in Paris achieved that goal as grief and fear have gripped that city.”

Daniel Kaniewski

How Local Emergency Managers Have Responded to the Paris Terror Attacks

“In the wake of the Paris attacks, U.S. authorities should seek to glean lessons from the European experience. This will ensure we are best prepared for similar threats against the U.S. homeland.”

Daniel Kaniewski

The Lessons We Must Learn From Paris


Today Daniel Kaniewski leverages his policy and operational experience at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Dr. Kaniewski previously contributed thought leadership on topical issues at think tanks. He has taught at George Washington University and Georgetown University.  Dan advised President George W. Bush.  He began as a first responder.


Daniel Kaniewski has an extensive record of media interviews. His interviews include national television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, C-SPAN), major newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today) and radio (NPR). He primarily conducted these interviews during his time at the Homeland Security Policy Institute.


Daniel Kaniewski’s publications include op-eds, task force reports, and think tank papers. He was a contributor at the Daily Signal. Dan also published with the Heritage Foundation and George Washington University and produced studies for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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