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::Assistant Secretary::Philip J. Crowley::::::Bureau of Public Affairs::
Term of Appointment: 05/26/2009 to present

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Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley previously served as a Senior Fellow and Director of Homeland Security at the Center for American Progress.

He has authored several studies on homeland and national security issues, including Safe at Home, a detailed strategy to protect the American homeland, improve national preparedness and rebuild U.S. standing in the world; Keeping Bombs Off Planes, an analysis of air cargo security requirements (with co-author Bruce Butterworth), and Time to Act, which outlined how to best implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Crowley has also testified before both the House and Senate on the need for stronger chemical security regulation.

P.J. is a frequent guest on network news programs, having appeared on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Lehrer NewsHour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Hardball with Chris Matthews and the O’Reilly Factor, as well as the Diane Rehm Show, On Point and Talk of the Nation on NPR. His opinion articles have been published in leading newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Washington Times.

During the Clinton administration, Crowley was Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs and served on the staff of the National Security Council. Prior to that, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Crowley served in the Air Force for 26 years, retiring at the rank of colonel in September 1999. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During the Kosovo conflict, he was temporarily assigned to work with then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana.

Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, he served as vice president of the Insur­ance Information Institute, focusing on strategic industry issues that included the impact of terrorism on commercial insurance in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy. A native of Massachusetts, P.J. is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

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