Brian Bauer (MPIA, SIS ’10) graduated from GSPIA in 2010 and is serving in multiple roles as an emergency management coordinator, multi-jurisdictional contingency planner, resource manager and instructor at the state and national level. Currently, Brian works for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency as a National Capital Region Planner and the State’s Prevention and Protection Coordinator. After reading what he is doing, you may have guessed that he mapped out his career before entering Master’s program and is doing what he planned right after graduation. But your guess is wrong. “When I got [to GSPIA], my mindset was not emergency management related.” While Brian was initially more focused on security, intelligence, and federal law enforcement careers, his internship experience and work with local governments sparked an interest in emergency management and homeland security.
“I looked for an internship to do intelligence work between college and GSPIA and ended up in a local emergency management office. While at GSPIA, Brian completed an internship at the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.” During the time Brian was at GSPIA, the City of Pittsburgh hosted the G-20 Summit, a forum of world leaders focused on international financial issues. Through his internship, Brian supported preparedness planning, and operational activities for the Summit, which furthered his interested in the field.
Following graduation from GSPIA, Brian was offered an opportunity with the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), which provides consulting services to emergency management officials across the world. Brian joined CHHS as a policy analyst focused on support to Harford County, a local jurisdiction in Maryland, and the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). After one year, Harford County offered Brian a full-time position with the Department of Emergency Services. Over the course of six years with the County, Brian led or supported initiatives related to homeland security and antiterrorism, emergency management, preparedness and planning, training and exercises, and the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). As a part of emergency management responses, Brian was deployed to the Baltimore City EOC, a part of an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and to State EOC as the Deputy Planning Section Chief during the 2015 Baltimore Civil Unrest. In 2016, Brian was deployed to support the response to the Ellicott City Flooding incident as a resource management coordinator and liaison from the EOC to the incident management team.
In July 2016, Brian moved from a local focus on emergency management to the State of Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as the State’s Prevention and Protection Coordinator. “My position requires me to work 50% for the State and 50% for the National Capital Region,” he explains. The National Capital Region includes Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. Brian not only leads and supports Maryland’s own prevention and protection activities, to include special event planning and coordination, but represents the State during planning and other emergency management activities concerning the Nation’s Capital. “[As] the state prevention and protection coordinator, my ‘security and intelligence’ side from GSPIA comes in to play. I work with law enforcement and intelligence partners, and we look at how to plan for the prevention of threats and protection of the citizens and public safety personnel. I conduct a lot of multi-jurisdictional and whole community preparedness planning, such as preparing for high threat and high violence incidents like Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA) as seen in Paris.”
As the State of Maryland’s Special Events Coordinator, Brian also works with other local jurisdictions and non-governmental stakeholders to prepare for special security-related events, such as the City of Baltimore and the United States Navy’s Maryland Fleet Week and Baltimore Air Show. He also serves as one of the lead planners for National Special Security Events—or those deemed by the Secretary of Homeland Security as potential targets for criminal activity—and coordinates with FEMA and USSS on these events. Brian deployed during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration to staff the U.S. Secret Service’s Multi-Agency Coordination Center, serving as the inauguration security command center.
In response to actual emergencies and disasters, Brian serves in the State Emergency Operations Center as either the planning, operations, or resources section chief, and he serves on the Emergency Management Assistant Compact (EMAC) Advance Team. EMAC is a national mutual aid system. Brian has been appointed as the Deputy Coordinator of the Maryland Incident Management Team (MD-IMT), which is the State’s new all-hazards incident management team to provide support and assistance both within Maryland and around the Country for incident management and EOC support.
In addition, Brian is working as an emergency management consultant providing subject matter expertise in planning, training and exercise, and emergency management course instructor. Brian is working as a consultant contractor at HSS, Inc.- EM Solutions supporting emergency management efforts for healthcare systems and hospitals. Brian travels the country to deliver various emergency and incident management courses from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Brian says, “I am honored to be able to share my experiences and expertise to help teach and develop the next generations of emergency managers.”
“I am extremely happy my life and career took a deviation from my original path when entering GSPIA because I have been able to help pioneer and expand the incorporation of the security, intelligence, counterterrorism, and critical infrastructure into emergency management for a more holistic approach to homeland security that truly engages the whole community and not be siloed in only one or two functional areas.” Brian recommended that students at GSPIA, and especially in the SIS program, should consider exploring the wider arena of careers in homeland security and emergency management. Students should not think that those activities occur only in law enforcement or within intelligence agencies. He also recommended that students seek out internships with local and state level emergency management and homeland security agencies to gain experience. “Emergency management and homeland security are still professions in their infancy and will continue to develop and their roles be expanded with time.” Brian concluded with one final comment, “I look forward to the opportunity to return to GSPIA at some point to serve as faculty member to share my experience with students as an investment in future of GSPIA leading the way in homeland security.”