Roger Cressey

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Roger W. Cressey
Born (1965-08-09)August 9, 1965
Alma mater The University of Massachusetts Lowell (Bachelor of Arts in political science, 1987); George Washington University (Master of Arts in security policy studies, 1991)
Employer Georgetown University (adjunct Professor of counter-terrorism policy) and Good Harbor consulting group (President)
Known for counterterrorism

Roger W. Cressey (born August 9, 1965) is a former member of the United States National Security Council staff, where he held the position of Director for Transnational Threats from November 1999 through November 2001. He was until recently the president of the Good Harbor consulting group, and an adjunct professor of counter-terrorism policy at Georgetown University.[1] Currently he is a Partner with Liberty Group Ventures, LLC.

Education and career[edit]

Cressey received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1987 and a Master of Arts in security policy studies from George Washington University in 1991.[2] He has taught a graduate course on U.S. counter-terrorism policy at Georgetown University,[3] where he is currently an adjunct professor.[2]

Cressey worked at the Department of Defense, including as Deputy Director for War Plans. From 1991 to 1995, he served in the Department of State, working on Middle East Security issues. He has also served overseas with the U.S. Embassy in Israel and with United Nations peacekeeping missions in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia.[3]

He was Chief of Staff to the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board at the White House from November 2001 to September 2002. From November 1999 to November 2001, he was Director for Transnational Threats on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for coordination and implementation of US counterterrorism policy. During this period, he managed the U.S. Government's response to the Millennium terror alert, the USS Cole attack, and the September 11 attacks.[3]

In 2002, Cressey founded the corporate security company Good Harbor Consulting.

An on-air counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News, Cressey has been awarded the State Department's Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards[vague], and the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

Cressey has been a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama, but not exclusively.[vague][4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Greater Talent Network, Roger Cressey, (accessed 16 May 2008)
  3. ^ a b c Good Harbor Consulting, Roger W. Cressey – President (accessed 16 May 2008)
  4. ^ "The War Over the Wonks". The Washington Post. October 2, 2007. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 

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