Ben Billings is Senior Policy Advisor for Homeland Security and Disaster Recovery issues in the United States Senate office of Mary Landrieu, in Washington, D.C. He advises Senator Landrieu (D, LA) on transportation and border security, counter terrorism, customs and maritime enforcement, and immigration, as well as a range of disaster management issues. After working as a Legislative Aide to Senator Landrieu, Ben worked for four years on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, where he served as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery. Previously, he worked in the United States House of Representatives, the Law Enforcement Defense Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office, and the Political Asylum Project of Austin. He has an MA degree in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College, an MA degree in international peace and security from the University of London King's College School of Law, a BA degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Certificate in Weapons of Mass Destruction from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Mr. Billings is a native of New Orleans.