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James L. Regens


James L. Regens is Regents Professor and founding Director, University of Oklahoma Center for Intelligence and National Security – an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence.

Dr. Regens is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (United Kingdom).

Larry previously served in the United States Marine Corps, U.S. Government policy and analytical positions, as a research fellow at national laboratories, and a tenured faculty member at major research universities.

Dr. Regens has an eclectic background with over 200 publications including articles in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Intelligence and National Security, Journal of Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making, Leukemia, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, and Globalization and Health, eight books, and three U.S. patents. He has been PI for over $40 million in research funding, primarily from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and Department of Homeland Security to conduct a series of large-scale, interdisciplinary projects. His research focuses on intelligence-based adversarial threat characterization; computational modeling; bioinformatics; advanced video analytics; dispersion, deposition, and persistence of bioaerosols, chemical agents, and fissile/non-fissile radioactive material; mechanisms to attenuate biological pathogen virulence; and biomarkers of non-traditional chemical agent exposure.

Larry has demonstrated expertise in modeling/simulation, risk assessment, statistical and spatial analysis techniques, and decision analysis. He has field experience in Western Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. He has chaired multiple International Atomic Energy Agency technical committees and is a former chair of the Group on Energy and Environment, Organization for Economic Cooperation Development. Dr. Regens has been a consultant to and/or has served on review panels for numerous organizations including the U.S. Special Operations Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Engineering, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory. He appears regularly in the media as an expert source and commentator.

He is Professor of Strategic Communication (Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication) and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (College of Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center). He was the founding Director of the OUHSC Center for Biosecurity Research and a Presidential Professor. Larry previously held endowed chairs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Tulane. Dr. Regens has a BS with honors and MA from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.