Dr. George L. Tanner is a member of the career Senior Executive Service and currently serves as the Chief Learning Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. In this role, he is
responsible for providing high quality training, education and professional development programs
under the banner of the DHS Homeland Security University System to the DHS workforce. Since joining the Department in 2004, he has served in several positions of increasing responsibilityincluding Chief Learning Officer for the Directorate for Preparedness, Director for Training andEducation of the Directorate for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, and Director or Training, Education and Recruitment Programs in the Office of Information Analysis.
Dr. Tanner is a retired active-duty Army officer. He spent the majority of his last decade of
military service at the National Defense Intelligence College serving in a variety of positions,
including Professor of Strategic Intelligence, Associate Dean for College Programs, Senior Army Advisor, and Academic Department Chairman. He also served as an adjunct professor on the faculty of American Military University (AMU) from 2000 to 2005.
Dr. Tanner holds Masters and Doctoral level degrees in Political Science. He also graduated with "Highest Distinction" and received the Directors Award for Academic Excellence from the Naval War College, from which he also holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies. Notably, Dr. Tanner's dissertation entitled The Problem of World Order When the World is Your Village Versus Your Globe is listed by Proquest, the worlds largest dissertation service and online data provider, as being on their best seller list five times since 1997--three as the #1 best selling dissertation in North America--an unprecedented accomplishment according to Proquest.
Dr. Tanner has received numerous awards for exceptional performance during his civilian and military careers including the Department of Homeland Security 2007 "Secretary's Team Award" for his leadership in establishing the DHS Homeland Security University system, the U.S. Army's Legion of Merit and several Defense Meritorious Service and Army Meritorious Service medals. He is also the recipient of the Robert D. Beland Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizing him as the National Defense Intelligence College's Outstanding Faculty Member for 1996-97. He is married to Tanya M. (Wenzel) Tanner, who serves at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). George and Tanya reside in Alexandria, Virginia and have two children-Richard and Andrew.