Badolato Speaker Series

The speaker series brings to campus distinguished leaders in the field of Homeland Security to share their perspective on what needs to be done to combat terrorism and make our nation safer.

The Edward V. Badolato Distinguished Speaker Series is endowed by the late Colonel Edward V. Badolato, USMC (Ret.). Colonel Badolato graduated from Towson University and served under former Presidents Reagan and Bush as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy, specializing in counter-terrorism and emergency planning. Colonel Badolato was an internationally recognized expert in the field of energy and environmental operations, contingency planning, and emergency response. He was also a retired Marine Corps Colonel with three combat tours in Vietnam.

The Newest Threat to Homeland Security: The Opioid Crisis

November 9, 2017 | College of Liberal Arts, Room 4110

The opioid crisis poses a direct and growing threat to the homeland security of the United States and Maryland.  In 2014 alone (the last year in which national numbers are available), more than 19,000 Americans died from opioid overdose.  In Maryland, opioid-related deaths nearly quadrupled between 2010 and 2016. The opioid crisis affects the health and welfare of individuals, it destroys lives.  It is intertwined with crime and poverty and costs the state millions of dollars in direct and indirect costs.  The opioid crisis affects the economic and physical security of local and regional communities, this state, and the nation.  Please join us for an important discussion about this threat. 

How is the opioid crisis impacting Maryland and what is being done to address this new homeland security threat? Learn from the State's own expert on the matter.

  • Birch Barron is the deputy director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, working with the emergency management system to effectively and efficiently coordinate statewide efforts in combating the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland. Mr. Barron also serves as a senior policy analyst for the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. 
  • The Opioid Operational Command Center facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and its deadly impact on Maryland communities. Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Enjoy great food and network with students, faculty, and others while learning about an important issue facing the United States.

Past Events

  • Working for the National Security Agency, May 11, 2017. Presented by Emil Volchek, an expert on the technical collection of intelligence, serves as the NSA’s Security Education Academic Liaison for Towson University, and Mike Blair, a TU alumnus, is a retired Navy captain and an expert on naval intelligence and analysis.
  • America's Drug Problem: A Persistent Threat to Homeland Security, May 6, 2016, presented by Tom Carr
  • Mapping Our Safety: How GIS is Being Used in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Maryland, April 29, 2015, presented by John Morgan
  • The ISIL Threat: Combating Terrorists in the Homeland, September 26, 2014, presented by Harvey Eisenberg
  • Leadership Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings, April 11, 2014, presented by Chief Linskey
  • The ISIS Threat: Fighting Terrorists from Home, September 20, 2013, presented by John Morton
  • Emergency Management, April 12, 2013
  • When Bad Things Happen to Computer Networks: A demonstration of how hackers break into systems, and what we canal do to reduce our risks, September 7, 2012, presented by Dr. Mike O’Leary
  • On the Ground Perspective: Directing Emergency Management on Baltimore County, April 20, 2012, presented by Mark Hubbard
  • The Role of Democracy in Homeland Security, August 29, 2011
  • Homeland Security in 2011: A reflection of 10 years since 9/11, April 29, 2011, presented by Assistant Professor William J. Lahneman
  • June 16, 2009, presented by Frances Townsend
  • Increasing Intelligence Capability, April 3, 2007, presented by Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger
  • Civil Liberties Versus Terrorism, June 28, 2006, presented by Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, III
  • Securing the Nation's Capital, May 9, 2005, presented by Director of the Office of National Capital Region Coordination Thomas J. Lockwood
  • November 17, 2005, presented by Colonel Edward V. Badolato, USMC (Retired)
  • Taking the Terror our of Terrorism: A blueprint for how America can defeat terrorism, November 15, 2004, presented by Colonel Edward V. Badolato, USMC (Retired)

Contact Information

Program Director

Joseph R. Clark, PhD
College of Liberal Arts
Room 2235
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.