Meet Laura

Senior Counterintelligence Analyst

My official title is a Senior Counterintelligence Analyst with Dawson Federal, LLC where I am on contract at Quantico supporting DoD counterintelligence investigations and operations. I started my intelligence career with the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) as an intern.  As an intern, I was tasked with the insider threat portfolio which took me Pittsburgh, PA where I spent several months working at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute and the CERT program.  Together with a team, I reviewed over 100 cases of espionage against the United States military and co-authored several publications on the "Critical Pathway to Insider Threat."  I have served on national level task forces looking at insider threat and continue to consult to both United States government and private industry on developing, implementing and maintaining robust insider threat programs.  I also continue to support the DoD mission by teaching law enforcement partners on "The Psychology of the Spy." 

Personal

Meet Isaiah Michael Sellers-Lawson.  He is my biological son that my childhood sweetheart, Manny Lawson, and I welcomed into this world 5 years ago.  He was born at Stafford Hospital in 2012 and started Kindergarten at Winding Creek Elementary School this year.  


His father and I met when we were just kids growing up on a military base in North Carolina.  We both went to North Carolina State University.  Life took him to the west coast to play professional football while I chose to stay closer to home and work in the intelligence field.  Although life has taken us in different directions, our son is reminded everyday that he is God's gift to us and he is loved.  


Finally, I am the mother, mentor and friend to a young woman named Asia.  Asia is 21 and grew up in Virginia's foster care system.  She has lived with Isaiah and I for the last several months while she is completing her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University online.  Together we all live in Embrey Mill.

Education

I was born on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I attended three different elementary schools in three different states.  When I was in the 2nd grade, my teacher realized that I could not read. To this day, I remember sitting in remediation learning to read.  The first book I ever read cover to cover, Tuck Everlasting, sits on my book shelf as a reminder of the care that teacher showed me and the hard work it took to get to the end. 


I graduated from North Stafford High School in 2003.  I would again learn a lesson in hard work when I had to spend my afternoons after school with my Calculus teacher.  He taught me the importance of taking notes and lining up my equations just right.  Thankfully, I have been blessed with Excel that lines everything up for me but without his kindness I would never have made it as far as I have. 


I earned my bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University in Sociology in 3 years.  I earned my Master's degree from The Catholic University of America in Clinical Social Work.  One day, I would like to pursue my PhD in social work.  For now, I am just paying off my student loans!

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