Daniel Kaniewski is a homeland security thought leader

Daniel Kaniewski has been developing and executing homeland security 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. Dan welcomes the opportunity to connect with you on social media or via email on areas of mutual interest.

Daniel Kaniewski, PhD

is Vice President for Global Resilience at a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services firm. Dr. Kaniewski is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Dan previously served in the White House, as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.

Recent 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


Daniel Kaniewski leverages his policy and operational experience to provide DHS with objective and insightful homeland security analysis. Dr. Kaniewski also participates in think tank task forces and writes on topical issues. 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 primarily contributes via the Daily Signal. Dan also publishes with the Heritage Foundation and George Washington University. His studies produced for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not publicly available.

Contact Dan

Send Daniel Kaniewski a message about homeland security. He is available to answer your questions about homeland security and public policy. Dan’s interests also include emergency management, cybersecurity, and infrastructure protection. Dan is available for media requests and consulting arrangements. He is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.