David Brannegan

Dave Brannegan

Director, Risk and Infrastructure Science Center

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

David (Dave) Brannegan is the Director of the Risk and Infrastructure Science Center (RISC) at Argonne National Laboratory. In this role, he heads a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers in conducting applied research to deliver risk management and resilience analysis capabilities that inform stakeholder decision making. RISC focuses on the following four core research areas: infrastructure science, cyber analysis and operations, threat analysis, and emergency preparedness. During his tenure at Argonne, Mr. Brannegan has led a variety of work-for-others programs for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including a comprehensive effort to prioritize critical infrastructure based on criticality, near-real-time analysis of threats to infrastructure assets, and continued analysis of systemic infrastructure dependencies.

Dave has considerable program management, policy, and leadership experience in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors. Prior to his role as Center Director at Argonne, he was a Branch Chief at DHS. In that capacity, he oversaw the design, development, and implementation of more than 20 individual technical assistance programs that enhanced State and local preparedness capabilities nationwide. Dave also co-founded the Fusion Process Technical Assistance program with the U.S. Department of Justice. Other previous positions involved conducting international counter-proliferation analysis for Computer Sciences Corporation, as well as assessment of multi-lateral export control and U.S.- European relations for the Henry L. Stimson Center, a D.C.-based think tank.

Dave received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 2013, Mr. Brannegan successfully completed the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Megan Clifford

RISC Deputy Director Megan Clifford

Deputy Director, Risk and Infrastructure Science Center

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Megan Clifford is the Deputy Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Risk and Infrastructure Science Center. She also leads Argonne’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative, bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists to advance the design of future infrastructure systems. Megan has over 18 years of experience in national security and resilience policy and analysis, strategic planning, program design, and stakeholder engagement serving a variety of sponsors, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense.

As Deputy Director, Megan leads a team of experts delivering infrastructure modeling and analysis, decision science, data analytics, and risk assessments to strengthen national security and resilience. She serves on the Preparedness Leadership Council International and is the Chair of the Data, Metrics, and Tools Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems.

Prior to joining Argonne, Megan worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, most recently as Principal Director, leading a team of experts in providing support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During her tenure at Booz Allen, she supported initiatives to draft the first-ever National Preparedness Goal; implement Presidential Policy Directives; develop and redesign Federal programs; and provide technical assistance to Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

Megan received a BA in International Business from The George Washington University. She is currently an MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Megan holds Project Management Institute (PMI) Program Management Professional (PMP) and Grants Management professional certifications.