Patrick Walsh previously served as the Research Assistant for the Critical Incident Analysis Group since February 2005 and became its Program Manager for CIAG in the fall of 2008. He leads the organization of the Group’s Conferences and meetings, including the annual spring conference held at the University each April. These conferences included “Hostage to Terrorism: Governmental and Non-Governmental Response Strategies” in 2005, “Critical Intelligence, Communication and Response: Formatting Lessons of the Recent Terrorist Attacks to Future Threats” in 2006, “Root, Stem and Branch: Home-Grown Radicals and the Limits of Terrorism” in 2007, “Cyber Incursions: Erosions of Security and Social Trust” in March 2008, and "Suicide by Cop: Averting the Crisis" in December 2008. Mr. Walsh has also coordinated meeting a trilogy of meetings – “Avenues for Dialogue: Driving Discourse toward Peaceful Goals” in London, UK (November 2007), Washington, DC (December 2007), and served on the writing team for the third meeting, held in the Middle East (February 2008). Recently, he has led the development of the 2009 and 2010 meetings, "Resolving Hostage Crises: Lessons from Colombia" and its follow-up, "21st Century Piracy: Lessons off the Somali Coast."
Mr. Walsh maintains the Group’s website and assists in the design of some of its periodic publications. He also appoints and supervises a select group of University students who assist in the preparation of the Group’s activities during the academic year.
In his capacity with the Group, he also acts as coordinator on an ongoing multi-year project investigating community resilience in the National Capital Region and public response to weapons of mass destruction. For this grant, which is sponsored by an arm of the Department of Defense, Mr. Walsh prepared grant materials for submission to the Department, including the development and maintenance of the project’s multi-million dollar budget. He also acts as liaison between Principal Investigators and the project team, who bring expertise from financial, communications, supply chain, emerging technologies, first responder, medical, and behavioral perspectives.
Mr. Walsh has collaborated with members of the University’s Department of Toxicology on the October 2007 Minerva Medica publication “The evaluation and management of acute poisoning emergencies.”
During the 2008 spring conference, Mr. Walsh was presented an award for Excellence and Dedication to the Group, by the group’s co-chairs Edwin Meese III and John, Lord Alderdice. Mr. Walsh was also included on a Resolution from the State Legislature of Tennessee for being a member of the first high school class (Franklin High School) in the state to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Mr. Walsh is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in the Spanish language. Mr. Walsh hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and spends his spare time enjoying television game shows and country music of all types.