Field Operations & Training
Daniel Polanski is a Director of field operations and training at the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska, the DOD-designated University Affiliated Research Center sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command.
Polanski has more than 25 years of government service with more than 18 years working in the weapons of mass destruction arena. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his first duty station in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
In 1999, Polanski was one of the first soldiers to stand up the 4th MSD RAID team, now known as the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Civil Support Team. While serving in the 4th WMD CST he participated in numerous real-world responses and national security events, ranging from Super Bowls to presidential summits. He has been involved in real-world deployments supporting government agencies such as the FBI, DEA, CIA and U.S. State Department.
Polanski left the Civil Support Team as the Recon NCOIC and was employed as a U.S. government contractor, serving as a security consultant, technical advisor and firearms instructor supporting the ongoing war on terror in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He saw numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. When not deployed, Dan supervised and trained candidates in their selection and assessment process to operate in hostile and austere combat zones.
In 2010 and 2011 Polanski returned to the WMD world as the State of Georgia’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, acting as the state counterpart to the FBI’s WMDC for the Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Division. While there he re-wrote the state’s Biological Threat Response Protocols and standardized HAZMAT’s sample collection and lab submission procedures within the state. Polanski was also assigned to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) intelligence fusion center as the Health Security analyst and liaison.
During his time as the state WMDC, he deployed to Japan in support of the Fukushima disaster where he was an advisor to CNN. He has been consulted by the UAE Ministry of Health to help stand up their CBRNe response capabilities. He has acted as a guest instructor at Emory School of Nursing and Public Health, U.S. Air War Collage and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He has presented to the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Sheriffs Association on Bio threat response.
Polanski earned a bachelor’s degree in homeland security. He is a HAZMAT specialist, PPE specialist, certified DOE radiation specialist, EMT, P.O.S.T. certified and HAZMAT instructor. He is also a certified criminal intelligence analyst.
Through his role at NSRI, Polanski remains active in the government and private sector by teaching biological threat response, radiological response and other CBRN topics around the country.
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