Bruce M. Lawlor


Bruce Lawlor retired from the U.S. Army as a Major General.  While serving on the White House Homeland Security Council staff, he helped to design and organize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and became its first Chief of Staff.  

He directed the Defense Department program to organize Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) throughout the United States, and he organized and served as the first Commanding General of Joint Task Force-Civil support, a joint military headquarters tasked to support state and local governments in the event of a domestic terrorist attack.  

Before his military service, he was a trial lawyer with extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation, including cases involving self-defense.  He is certified as a firearms instructor in self-defense and has conducted research on the use of small arms and the rules of engagement for military personnel operating in heavily populated, civilian environments.  

Mr. Lawlor has a Doctorate of Science in Engineering Management, a Juris Doctorate, and a Masters Degree in National Security Studies.  He was a Harvard national security fellow and has taught at the U.S. Army War College.