Laura Manning Johnson currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Deliberate Plans in the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Johnson helped stand up DHS in 2003 and served as the Deputy Director for Fusion within the National Operations Center from its inception in 2003 until 2008. Prior to joining DHS, she served as an intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During her tenure at the CIA, she was the executive assistant to the Director of the Non-Proliferation Center (NPC), and a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Advisor to the vice president's WMD National Preparedness Review. She was the first Director of Central Intelligence Representative to the Office of Homeland Security beginning in October, 2001.
Dr. Johnson concluded her three-years as a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Board of Directors in fall 2010. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and master/bachelor degrees in political science from Oklahoma State University. Her areas of focus were public policy, public law, and public administration. Dr. Johnson has taught at American University, University of California Santa Barbara, Long Island University, and Oklahoma State University.