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Barry Ezell

Dr. Barry Ezell

VMASC Chief Scientist
Research Associate Professor
Military & Homeland Security Lead


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Barry Ezell is a research associate professor and Chief Scientist for Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University. Barry has 26 years of experience in decision and risk analysis in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with senior risk analysis expertise in terrorism risk, critical infrastructure, and industrial control systems. His recent projects include panelist to support review for Quadrennial Homeland Security Review-Bio; panelist to advise DHS S&T on future of Bioterrorism Risk Assessment (BTRA); and principal investigator in the development of a decision model to inform Commonwealth of Virginia DHS Grant allocation. Barry is currently the president of the Security Analysis and Risk Management Association.


Research Areas of Expertise

  • All-hazards Risk and Decision Analysis
  • Operations Research Systems Analysis
  • Probabilistic Risk Assessment
  • Capabilities-Based Assessment
  • Group Facilitation
  • Insurgency and Terrorism M&S



  • Ph.D - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • M.S. - Systems Engineering, University of Virginia
  • B.S - Mechnical Engineering Technology, University of Southern Mississippi


Journal Editor for:

  • Military Operations Research
  • International Journal of Critical Infrastructures
  • Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense


Research and Scholarship Activities as Principal Investigator

  • Battelle National Bio-defense Institute on bioterrorism risk assessment and adaptive adversary 2008-2011
  • Joint Agile Training Architecture 2010-2011
  • Hampton Roads Full Scale Exercise 2010-2011
  • C4ISR Assessment for Korea Institute for Defense Analysis, 2009-2010
  • Hampton Roads Urban Area Security Initiative Investment Justification prioritization methodology and decision support 2011-Ongoing

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