Kenneth P. Rapuano

Senior Vice President and Director of the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
ANSER Corporation

Mr. Kenneth P. Rapuano

“Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) represent one of the greatest threats to our nation, and the rapid globalization of trade and spread of technology significantly increase the danger of acquisition and use of these capabilities by non-state actors. The prevention, response to, and management of the consequences of WMD require the participation of a wide range of stakeholders within the federal government, state and local governments, the public, the private sector, and internationally.

The Program for Emerging Leaders is unique in its role and effectiveness in furthering the development and propagation of a more methodological and realistic understanding of WMD threats. The combination of this knowledge, and the set of trusted relationships developed over the course of the program, represents an important contribution to the defense of our nation.”

– Mr. Kenneth P. Rapuano

Mr. Kenneth P. Rapuano is a Senior Vice President at the ANSER Corporation, and the Director of the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation (FFRDC) operated by ANSER. In this role Mr. Rapuano leads HSSAI in the development and delivery of independent, objective analysis and specialized expertise to help homeland security leaders address the most complex operational and policy issues facing the nation.


Prior to joining ANSER Mr. Rapuano was the Director of Advanced Systems and at the MITRE Corporation. He was responsible for guiding crosscutting strategic national and homeland security mission initiatives, with particular focus on counterterrorism, intelligence, aviation security, crisis management/decision support, national preparedness, and CWMD.


Previously, Mr. Rapuano served at the White House as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2004-2006.  He was responsible for managing the development and implementation of homeland security policies among departments and agencies, chaired the Homeland Security Council Deputies Committee, and co-chaired the White House Counterterrorism Security Group. He left the White House in 2006 to volunteer for deployment to Afghanistan as a Marine Corps officer with a Joint Special Operations Task Force, establishing and directing a targeting fusion center tracking high-value terrorists and insurgents. He also served in Iraq in 2003, commanding the Joint Interrogations and Debriefing Center of the Iraq Survey Group established to conduct the mission of surveying and exploiting possible weapons of mass destruction activities across Iraq.


In 2003, Mr. Rapuano was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism at the Department of Energy, responsible for nuclear counter terrorism, homeland security, emergency response, and all related special access programs for DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Previous to that, he was the National Security Advisor to the Secretary of Energy. Mr. Rapuano has also served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Policy.  He served 21 years on active duty and in the reserves as a Marine Corps infantry officer and intelligence officer.


Mr. Rapuano is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of WMD, a member of the Pacific Northwest National Lab’s National Security Advisory Committee, and the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Advisory Group.  He has also served on the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Advisory Committee, and DHS Science and Technology Advisory Committee.


Mr. Rapuano received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Middlebury College, and a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.