Ronald D. Taylor

Ronald D. Taylor is President of the Center for Strategic Leadership in Complex Environments where he uses systems-based strategies to help government agencies and other groups address the nation’s safety and security concerns. As a strategist, an organizational leader, and an accomplished problem solver, he bridges the science and technology disciplines and the safety and security professions to anticipate and mitigate security threats and find lasting solutions to complex issues of national security. He is a frequent writer, lecturer, and participant in national and international activities on topics related to:
  • national and global security challenges
  • national defense and counter terrorism
  • crises preparedness, response, and resilience
  • cyber security, risk, and resilience
  • homeland security issues
Taylor works internationally as an active member of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Study Institutes’ Emerging Security Challenges Working Group addressing such topics as: 
  • identifying security implications of 3D printing and biotechnology advances
  • preparing institutions for hybrid conflicts/challenges
  • identifying security implications of new technologies for counter terrorism activities
  • proposing steps to address emerging security challenges of big data
  • anticipating disruptions from nanotechnologies and evolutions of the internet of things
Taylor served as Deputy to the NRC Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer as part of a Senior Management Team at the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) National Research Council (NRC). This prestigious scientific private, non-profit institution (NAS/NRC) is dedicated to advising the American Government and the public on important science-based public policy issues.
From 2003 to 2005, Taylor served (on detail) as a senior executive in the Science and Technology Directorate of the newly-created Department of Homeland Security where he established means for the Department to quickly obtain scientific and technical advice to address its critical mission by standing up both the Federally-Funded Research and Development Center for studies and analysis and a Federal Advisory Committee reporting to the S&T Under Secretary. He also served as the first Executive Agent to the Homeland Security Institute and the first Executive Director for the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.
Taylor authored/contributed to more than 100 reports/studies focused on the nation’s security and safety interests and is recognized as the key architect for the quick response, post-9/11 report Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism 
(NRC, 2002). This report currently lists among the NAS’ most influential studies. A continuing theme for Taylor’s work is that the need to prepare a networked, complex, interdependent, global, system of infrastructures to withstand or maintain resilience in the face of catastrophic threats holds the same urgency (if not more) today as in the past. 
Through his career, Taylor was involved in a wide range of scientific, technical, safety and security activities in academia, national laboratories, non-profits, and private sectors. He received numerous recognition awards for service inside and outside government, including:
  • multiple NAS/NRC Distinguished Service Awards
  • Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award from the Chief of Naval Operations
  • Under Secretary’s Award for Program Management from the DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology
  • Certificates and accommodations from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other Government Officials
Taylor holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of:
  • American Physical Society and the Society of Physics Students, Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • ASIS, International and its Chief Security Officers Roundtable (a forum for top security executives) 
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, with interests in homeland security and crisis management.
He is focused on creating system-based strategies through his extensive networks of experts across scientific, technical, political, operational, and business communities – nationally and internationally – to develop enduring solutions to the safety and security challenges we face.