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Rear Adm. (Ret) Fred Rosa
Senior Advisor for Homeland Security at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel Maryland

Fred Rosa is Senior Advisor for Homeland Security at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. As a leading university-affiliated center for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E), APL conducts a wide range of cutting-edge homeland protection programs, focused primarily on border control, multi-modal transportation security, infrastructure resilience, cybersecurity, and national preparedness. Located just north of the National Capital Region on a 450- acre campus, APL has more than 6,500 staff members, two-thirds of whom are scientists and engineers.

In addition to his current role with Johns Hopkins APL, Fred Rosa is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at Auburn University and a member of the Board of Directors for The Common Defense. He also served previously as a seminar co-presenter for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint undertaking of the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health.

A U.S. Armed Forces veteran with extensive operational, emergency response and national security policy experience, Rear Admiral Rosa’s military career culminated as Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia. In this capacity, he led an integrated team of military, civilian, and auxiliary personnel in carrying out the full range of Coast Guard maritime safety, law enforcement, and security operations throughout America’s mid- Atlantic region, extending across six states from central New Jersey down through North Carolina.