Kristina Tanasichuk is CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition and Executive Editor of Homeland Security Today. She founded GTSC to advance communication and collaboration between the public and private sector in defense of our homeland. A leader in homeland security public private partnership, critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, STEM, innovation, commercialization and much more, she brings to HS Today decades of experience and expertise in the intersection of the public and private sectors in support of our homeland's security. Tanasichuk worked for Chairman Tom Bliley on electric utility restructuring for the House Commerce Committee, then for municipal electric utilities sorting out deregulation. She also worked for the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C., ran the largest homeland conference and trade show in the country, and represented public works departments In homeland security immediately after 9/11. Tanasichuk brings a new vision and in-depth knowledge of the federal homeland and national security apparatus to the media platform. She is also the president and founder of Women in Homeland Security and President of InfraGardNCR, a public private partnership between the FBI and private sector to share information to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. She has attended the FBI and DEA Citizens Academies and the Marine Corps Executive Leadership Program and holds her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and an MPA from George Mason University.
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News.
Bridget is a Senior Fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and Washington Bureau Chief for PJ Media. She is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, New York Observer, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera and SiriusXM.
Anne Laurent has been a leading analyst and award-winning editor and commentator on federal management for more than 30 years. Her extensive career includes serving as director of analysts in aerospace, defense, information technology and federal business intelligence for Bloomberg Government; Director of the CGI Federal Institute for Collaborative Government; Executive Editor of Government Executive magazine and Senior Editor of Federal News.
Anne is a well-known and respected writer and speaker, who has specialized in examining and explaining acquisition and technology issues for federal leaders and managers. She has surfed the tides of decades of acquisition reform and is a founding member of the Acquisition of the Future movement. Anne also is on the leadership team of the Acquisition Transformation Project of the ACT-IAC Acquisition Community of Interest.
Anne is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and recipient of two research grants from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. She holds a Master’s from the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Rich Cooper is Editor-at-Large for HSToday. A former senior member of DHS’ Private Sector Office (PSO), Cooper has been a frequent writer and contributor to numerous media outlets. He is a Senior Fellow with GWU’s Cyber and Homeland Security Institute; a Senior Policy Principal for Homeland Security and Justice at SAS Federal and a Principal with Catalyst Partners, LLC. He has also served in senior positions at NASA, the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and several other profit and not-for-profit enterprises.
Laura Bacon has been managing editor of the GTSC Weekly Insider since June 2017. She is an experienced copywriter and journalist who has been working in the media industry for over fifteen years and has written for a vast range of clients including Redbox, Coinstar and University College London.