Former Homeland Security secretary named Global Security leader at national lab

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Penrose. C. “Parney” Albright, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, has been named the principal associate director of Global Security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

He will join the lab on Nov. 30, Director George Miller announced.

The Global Security Principal Directorate applies multi-disciplinary science and technology to anticipate, innovate and deliver responsive solutions to complex global security needs, from energy and environmental security to domestic security and nonproliferation.

“Parney is extremely well qualified to assume responsibility for Global Security, an area of critical importance to our laboratory as well as the country,” Miller said. “He is internationally recognized for his homeland and national security acumen.”

Albright has more than 20 years of experience in national security, holding positions in the federal government, federally funded research and development centers and the private sector. His responsibilities have ranged from research and development to conducting studies and analyses and senior leadership. He has worked in programs to counter-terrorism, protect against weapons of mass destruction, protect U.S. borders, and perform systems analysis of space systems and ballistic and cruise missile defense systems.

Prior to joining the Lab Albright was at Civitas Group, a homeland security consulting group in Washington, D.C. He served as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security; assistant director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; senior director in the Office of Homeland Security in the White House, and program manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Throughout his career he has served many capacities, from a scientist designing and executing an experiment carried out by the crew of the space shuttle to developer and manager of programs associated with special operations, intelligence collection, molecular biology, and maritime operations; and as the leader of the team that created the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, developing its enabling legislation, organizational construct, multi-year strategic planning guidance, and ultimately overseeing budget execution.

Albright has extensive experience with interagency and congressional interactions, and was a frequent spokesperson for both the White House and DHS to the press on issues associated with science, technology, and weapons of mass destruction.

“With his educational background and broad experience, Parney has demonstrated wide-ranging managerial and scientific capabilities and knowledge that will be essential in effectively managing the wide range of functional areas in Global Security,” Miller said. “I have confidence that he will enable the Global Security organization to continue to apply multi-disciplinary science and technology to anticipate, innovate and deliver responsive solutions to complex global security needs.”