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William Foley Jr.

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Expert Bio

Bill Foley is with the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in national security, homeland security and public safety. In summers, he lectures at King’s College, London. For the U.S. Department of State, his graduate students research current international issues.

Previously, he ran operational plans for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and with the National Level Exercise Program for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He co-authored “Tough Decisions: Defending the Homeland” and received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2011.

In 2005, Col. Foley completed 36 years with the United States Army, 21 active and 15 reserve, concluding as director of strategic leadership for the United States Army War College. Previously he was chief of operations, homeland security, U.S. Army Forces Command, and the weapons of mass destruction branch chief there. For both the U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Forces Command, he served as a joint forces land component command operations shift leader, and he co-authored the first seven publications post-9/11 on homeland defense doctrine.

Foley earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington, which included Ph.D. courses at Harvard University, where he later served on the faculty in history.

Areas of Expertise

United States and United Kingdom national security, homeland security, homeland defense, emergency management and public safety.

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