Kimberley L. Thachuk, Ph.D., is a senior analyst and educator focusing on transnational security issues, including corruption; organized crime and terrorism; human, drug, and arms trafficking; and environment, health, and energy. She served as the National Counterintelligence Officer for Transnational Issues at the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as a Senior Analyst and Director of Research at a number of US intelligence community locations. Prior to this, for over a decade, Dr. Thachuk was a Senior Research Professor and analyst directing policy and projects on transnational threats at the National Defense University, the Department of Defense.
She also has been an educator for 30 years at various universities in both Canada and the United States. In 2003, she stood up the graduate-level Transnational Security Issues Concentration in the Security Policy Studies program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University which success was replicated in numerous universities. She now teaches among other courses, Transnational Security Issues, Transnational Organized Crime, and US Security in a Disordered World in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Thachuk consults widely to the intelligence, policy, and academic communities in the US and internationally on a range of transnational security issues. She has published various scholarly and policy articles in addition to two volumes: Transnational Threats: Smuggling and Trafficking in Arms, Drugs and Human Life (Praeger, 2007), and Terrorist Criminal Enterprises: Financing Terrorism through Organized Crime (Praeger, 2018).