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Christian Beckner Appointed Assistant Vice President and Deputy Director of GW's Homeland Security Policy Institute

January 29, 2013

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WASHINGTON—Today, the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) announced the appointment of Christian Beckner as Assistant Vice President for Homeland Security and Deputy Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI).  He will have a leadership role with respect to HSPI’s ongoing work on homeland security and counterterrorism issues as well as GW’s newly-launched Cybersecurity Initiative.   
Beckner comes to GW after a six-year tenure with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he served as Associate Staff Director from 2011 to 2013, and Professional Staff Member from 2007 to 2011.  In these capacities, he supported the Committee’s Chairman, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and was responsible for coordinating the Committee’s oversight of a wide range of homeland security and counterterrorism issues.  Prior to joining the Committee’s staff, Beckner served as a Senior Consultant and Senior Homeland Security Analyst at IBM, as a Fellow in the Homeland Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and as a Senior Associate at The O’Gara Company.  In 2005, he also started a homeland security-focused blog, Homeland Security Watch (  Beckner has a BA degree from Stanford University and two master’s degrees from Georgetown University — a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS).     

“Christian brings a wealth of talent and insight to HSPI.  His experience and skill-set will be a great asset to the Institute as we continue to tackle a wide range of counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and homeland security policy challenges,” said Frank Cilluffo, Director of HSPI.  

Beckner looks forward to assuming his new portfolio:  “I’m excited about this new opportunity, which will allow me to continue to contribute to the public dialogue on the important homeland security and counterterrorism related issues that I’ve focused on at the Senate, but from a different vantage point.”