Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Dr. Penrose “Parney” Albright, has served as CEO, HRL Laboratories, LLC (formerly Hughes Research Laboratory) since 2014. Before that, he was the Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Albright is credited for his role as the architect of DHS/S&T. He recruited many members of the pioneering group of plank holders from the DOE National Labs and played a lead role in the White House Transition Planning Office for DHS and S&T. His experiences prior to his roles in homeland security were in the DoD and IC national security space, serving as an analyst and manager at the Institute for Defense Analyses and then (up to the events of 9/11) a stint at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA. In July 2002, while serving as Assistant Director for the Office of Homeland and National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as Senior Director for Research and Development in the WH Office of Homeland Security, he was tapped to lead the planning for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Directorate for the proposed Department of Homeland Security, which later evolved into the Science and Technology Directorate. In addition to serving as principal scientific advisor to Homeland Security Advisor and then Secretary Tom Ridge, he conceptualized the policies and procedures for the new Directorate, including developing and implementing a rigorous planning, programming and budgeting process in. In October 2003, Dr. Albright was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for DHS and served in this position until July 2005. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland.