Christian J. Beckner

Deputy Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security


Christian Beckner is the Deputy Director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and an Assistant Vice President for Homeland Security at The George Washington University. At CCHS, he is responsible for managing many of the Institute’s activities related to homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining CCHS, Beckner served as Associate Staff Director for Homeland Security Prevention and Protection on the staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, working for Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT). As Associate Staff Director from 2011 to 2013, he was responsible for coordinating the Committee’s oversight of a wide range of homeland security and counterterrorism issues. Prior to being promoted to Associate Staff Director at the beginning of 2011, he served from 2007 to 2011 as a Professional Staff Member on the staff of the Committee. During his entire tenure working for the Committee, he had direct responsibility for issues such as homeland security-related intelligence and information sharing, state and local fusion centers, terrorism threats to the homeland, and Department of Homeland Security policy, strategy, management, and budgeting.

While working for the Committee, Beckner worked on homeland security legislation such as the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act (signed into law in 2007), the Reducing Over-classification Act (signed into law in 2010), the WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2009, and the 2008 and 2011 Senate DHS Authorization Bills. He was also responsible for managing the nominations process for nearly a dozen nominees to Senate-confirmed positions within the Department of Homeland Security, and he contributed to the Committee’s 2011 investigative report into the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, entitled “A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government’s Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack.”

Before joining the Senate, Beckner worked in homeland security-related positions 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, and as a Senior Associate at The O’Gara Company. In 2005, he also started a homeland security-focused blog, Homeland Security Watch, and contributed more than 1,200 posts to it from its inception until he began working at the Senate in early 2007.

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). He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.