About Us

The Security Programs Institute (SPI) has been established to coordinate efforts in security research and training. The institute is comprised of three organizations with 120 full-time personnel, 325 subject matter experts and more than 110 student workers and interns. Each organization specializes in a unique aspect of the national security and defense fields. These organizations include:

  • Stephenson Disaster Management Institute enhances LSU's ability to focus its existing programs and research capacity on the particular problems of disasters and works with its LSU research affiliates to collaborate on projects and research proposals that will improve disaster preparedness and response.
  • National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training with expertise in research, development and delivery of training in the areas of specialized law enforcement operations, biological incident response, food and agriculture safety and security, school safety and instructional design and technique.
  • National Interagency Support Center provides technical support, operational support and hotline intake to partner agencies related to law enforcement and fraud, waste and abuse within government programs. Key to the NISC’s mission is supporting law enforcement information sharing and efforts to protect victims from criminal activity.