Our directors have decades of experience in critical infrastructure protection.
Dr. George H. Baker, Director. Dr. Baker is a Professor Emeritus at James Madison University, where he directed the JMU Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurrance. Previously, Dr. Baker led the Defense Nuclear Agency's Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) program, directed the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s assessment arm, and served as a member of the Congressional EMP Commission Staff. Dr. Baker holds an M.S. in Physics from University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. Currently, Dr. Baker is CEO of BAYCOR, LLC – a consulting company primarily devoted to preparedness for and protection against major electromagnetic threats to critical infrastructures including nuclear EMP, solar storms, and radio frequency weapons. Dr. Baker also serves as a Principal Investigator for Resilient Societies on matters of infrastructure protection.
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper, Director. Ambassador Henry (Hank) Cooper was Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) during the George H.W. Bush administration and President Reagan's Chief Negotiator at the Geneva Defense and Space Talks. Also serving as Assistant Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he backstopped U.S. bilateral negotiations with the Soviet Union and led the development of President Reagan's space arms control policy; and, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, oversaw the Reagan modernization program for USAF strategic and space systems. Currently, Ambassador Cooper is Chairman of the Board of High Frontier, a non-profit, non-partisan educational corporation, formed to examine the potential for defending America against missile attack and Chairman Emeritus of Applied Research Associates, Inc. Ambassador Cooper holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Mechanical Engineering, and BS and MS degrees from Clemson University, also in Mechanical Engineering. He serves as a technical resource for Resilient Societies on matters of ballistic missile defense and international arms control.
William R. Harris, Secretary and Director. Mr. Harris is an international lawyer specializing in arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, energy policy, and continuity of government. He worked on Hot Line upgrades, creation of linked Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers (1982-84), and was a co-drafter of arms limitation treaties in 1986-87, 1991, and 1993. Mr. Harris worked for the RAND Corporation and in a variety of assignments for the U.S. Government. Mr. Harris holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Harris serves as Secretary and attorney for Resilient Societies.
Stephen L. Mott, Director and co-founder. Mr. Mott is employed as a nuclear engineer. Mr. Mott has 30 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry. Mr. Mott holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University. Mr. Mott serves as a technical resource for Resilient Societies on matters of nuclear safety.
Thomas S. Popik, Chairman, President, Director, and co-founder. Thomas Popik is a Principal Investigator for Resilient Societies, specializing in vulnerability assessment, comparative risk analysis, and economic modeling. Mr. Popik holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. In his early career, Mr. Popik served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, with a final rank of Captain. Mr. Popik has been a co-founder of several non-profit organizations, including the Academy for Science and Design, New Hampshire's charter high school for science and math education.