Counterterrorism and homeland security expert Arif Alikhan joined Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) as the new Deputy Executive Director for Law Enforcement and Homeland on Nov. 7, 2011.
In this recently created senior management position, Director Alikhan is responsible for airport security, including policing, counterterrorism efforts, and other emergency response functions for LAWA’s three airports. He also serves as the primary law enforcement and homeland security liaison with numerous federal agencies with jurisdiction at the airports.
Alikhan’s work involves a broad array of management responsibilities, including the development of security policies and strategies, compliance with federal security regulations, implementing security technologies, and overseeing the nearly 1,000 sworn and civilian employees of the LAWA’s Airport Police Division.
Before joining LAWA, Director Alikhan was a Distinguished Professor of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where he taught a variety of courses for senior U.S. and international military officers and national security professionals. Director Alikhan had previously served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he led cross-component policy development and represented DHS at National Security Council interagency committees on issues ranging from aviation and cargo security to emergency management and border security. His federal service also included 10 years with the U.S. Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor and senior adviser to two U.S. Attorneys General on cybercrime and intellectual property.
Director Alikhan served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles from 2006 to 2009. In that position he had policy, budgetary, and operational responsibilities for the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.
Director Alikhan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine and graduated with honors from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.