Henry Willis

Henry H. Willis is Director of the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a recognized expert in homeland security risk management. Recent work analyzes terrorism warning indicators; border security efforts; critical infrastructure resilience; and national preparedness to chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological attacks.


Willis is an active contributor to policy research having served as the risk management research theme leader at the DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events at the University of Southern California and as a principal investigator at the DHS National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Arizona. Through his work he testified before Congress; served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences; advised government agencies across the US, Europe, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates; and published dozens of journal articles, reports, and op-eds on applying risk analysis to homeland security policy. Willis is the treasurer of the Society for Risk Analysis and has served on the editorial board of the international journal Risk Analysis.


His work in homeland security policy evolved from his work on program evaluation at the White House Office of Management and Budget and infrastructure design as a water and wastewater engineer. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.