GSS LEADERSHIP

Todd E. Combs

Todd Combs

Director

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Todd E. Combs is Director of the Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Combs came to Argonne from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he served as group leader of the Transportation Planning and Decision Science Group. His research has spanned energy systems analysis for DOE sponsors and the application of modeling and simulation techniques to national and homeland security issues for Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security sponsors.

Dr. Combs is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in operations research from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. His military experience includes assignments at Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency.

George Vukovich

George Vukovich, Deputy Division Director, Global Security Sciences

Deputy Director

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

George Vukovich, as the Deputy Division Director, manages the Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division operations, working collaboratively with other Laboratory divisions, universities, organizations and industrial partners to develop, build and manage a diverse and scientifically recognized research portfolio utilizing the multidisciplinary expertise of the division and other Laboratory resources. 

Within GSS, George’s role extends into the identification of new research opportunities, the development and maintenance of connections to sponsors, the preparation of research proposals, the integration of strategic and tactical planning, the coordination of program development activities, and managing a budget of approximately $100M annually. 

As the operational manager, George brings 35 years of experience to the position with an extensive track record in both federal projects and private industry. George earned his BS from Purdue University and his Master of Project Management (MPM) degree from Keller Graduate School. 

Megan Clifford

RISC Deputy Director Megan Clifford

Director, Strategy and Innovation (Interim)

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory  

Megan Clifford is the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory. In this role, she develops and executes strategies with multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams to address a range of energy and global security challenges. Megan also leads Argonne’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative, bringing together a diverse team of engineers and scientists to drive innovation for more resilient infrastructure.

Megan has 19 years of experience with most of her career focused on national security and resilience policy and analysis, strategic planning, and program design serving a variety of clients, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense. She currently serves as the Chair of the Data, Metrics, and Tools Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST)’s Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems and as a member of the Preparedness Leadership Council International.

Prior to joining Argonne, Megan worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, most recently as Principal Director within the Justice and Homeland Security business practice, leading a team of experts in supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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

David Brannegan

Dave Brannegan

Center 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 US – European relations for the Henry L. Stimson Center, a DC-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.

Peter Heine

Pete Heine, Director, Strategic Security Center Global Security Sciences Argonne National Laboratory

Center Director, Center for Strategic Security

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Peter Heine leads the Center for Strategic Security, which helps identify, plan, and implement solutions to forestall long-term security threats, especially those related to proliferation of strategic weapons or exploitation of critical vulnerabilities. He is also seconded to the World Customs Organization as a Strategic Trade Control Enforcement National Expert. His personal focus is on realizing effective implementation of nonproliferation policies, especially strategic dual-use trade control. He has led technical partnerships with numerous countries, mostly in Europe, and international organizations.

Pete’s professional experience includes over 20 years working at Argonne on export control and other nonproliferation projects. He started his professional career serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and also worked for a management consulting firm specializing in the strategic application of technology. Peter Heine received his BS in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and his MBA from The University of Chicago.

Pamela J. Sydelko

Pamela Sydelko, Director

Director, System Science Center

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Pamela Sydelko is the Director of the Systems Science Center, which is part of the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory.  As a soil scientist and geographical information system specialist, Ms. Sydelko’s early career focused on integrated environmental and land management research and the development of spatio/ temporal modeling applications.  Over the last 30 years, she has led the development of numerous innovative modeling, analysis and decision support technologies, focusing on integrated multi-component software systems in diverse domains such as environmental science, energy, and homeland/national security.  

Recently, Ms. Sydelko has been working on her PhD in Systems Science at the University of Hull, UK where she is applying systems thinking approaches within the context of addressing very complex problems requiring the integration of multiple methods and technologies. 

Ms. Sydelko earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, her MS in Soil Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her BS in Botany/ Ecology from North Dakota State University.

Dan Fraser

Dan Fraser

Director, Strategic Alliance for Global Energy Solutions

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Dan Fraser and his team provide expertise in a variety of energy and environmental initiatives both nationally and internationally. This includes policy and economic development support, leadership and technical assurance, generation and transmission planning, national energy policy analysis and strategy development, energy market analysis, energy project finance, grid modernization, energy decommissioning, and developing regional cooperation. This expertise is supported by advanced understanding on a broad range of traditional and innovative energy options including oil & gas, fossil-fired, nuclear, hydro, and renewable power generation as well as energy storage and efficiency.

Dr. Fraser is a pioneer in applying Risk Informed Decision Making approaches to energy programs. His work is has a significant impact on the offshore oil & gas industry, and is also being applied to economic development, energy master planning, and energy technology readiness assessment.