Leadership Team, Chief Research Partners & Editors

Founder & CEO of Simental Industries Ltd.

Mr. Arthur J. Simental, M.S.

Mr. Arthur J. Simental is a Homeland Security & Emergency Management Professor, Disaster Resilience Researcher, and the Founder & CEO of Simental Industries Ltd.

Mr. Arthur J. Simental is a Homeland Security & Emergency Management Adjunct Instructor for the College of Security Studies at Colorado Technical University. Mr. Simental is also the Founder of Simental Industries Ltd. Mr. Simental has over a decade of service in Government, Homeland Security & Emergency Management and Emergency Services. Serving at the local, county, regional, state, federal level, and in the private and non-profit sectors in homeland security, emergency management, healthcare & public health emergency preparedness, space & defense, security, education and critical infrastructure. Mr. Simental is also a homeland security researcher, published author, Department of Defense National Security Innovation Network – Hirethon Ambassador, Member of FEMA’s Science, Technology and Integration Special Interest Group and FEMA’s Resilient Nation Partnership Network…

Mr. Simental has held various positions including: Fire Fighter/Wildland Fire Fighter, Hazmat Team Member, Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Emergency Manager, Disaster Coordinator, Regional Homeland Security Analyst, Training & Exercise Coordinator, Facilities & Safety Coordinator, Tribal Assistant Liaison Officer and Public Health Advisor. Mr. Simental has served in multiple positions at incidents and exercises, including deploying to several Type 1 and Type 2 incidents to include initial attack (wildland fires) and Presidentially declared Major Disasters. Mr. Simental also notably supports the COVID-19 response, serving with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as a Public Health Advisor.

Mr. Simental earned a Master of Science in Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Public Health from Colorado Technical University, a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, an Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Management from Pikes Peak Community College, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from Colorado State University. Presently, Mr. Simental is a second-year doctoral student, pursuing a Doctor of Management in Homeland Security from CTU.

Mr. Simental is has published on various topics spanning homeland security, emergency management, disaster resilience, climate adaptation, space technology & innovations, and systems science. Mr. Simental has published book chapter Space Security, in Masys, A., Handbook of Security Science (in press), and in the Inaugural Edition of Pracademic Affairs in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, Implementing Space Technology and Innovations into Homeland Security and Emergency Management Operations and Activities.

Mr. Simental’s research interests include homeland security & emergency management, disaster & climate resilience research, systems science, smart cities, surveillance, intelligence and criminal justice, cyber-physical systems, geospatial intelligence, real-time multi-modal data analysis applications, space & defense, catastrophic incident planning, and holistic innovative research on addressing threats, hazards and risk from a systems perspective to achieve systematic resilience across the homeland security enterprise.

Chief Emergency Management Education Research Partner & SI Ltd. Senior Managing Consultant – Education, Training & Exercises

Ms. Tina Bynum, D.M., M.P.A.

Dr. Bynum is an Emergency Management and Homeland Security Researcher, Published Author, Professor, HSEEP Exercise Planner & Facilitator, & Higher Education Leader.

Dr. Bynum is the former University Program Director for the College of Security Studies at Colorado Technical University. She presently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal for Homeland Security Education and is a member of the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS). Dr. Bynum co-authored Homeland Security: Safeguarding the U.S. from Domestic Catastrophic Destruction (2016), and The United States Department of Homeland Security, An Overview (2Ed, 2010). Dr. Bynum also authored a chapter, Whistleblower or Traitor? in Logan, K. G., Homeland Security and Intelligence (2017, 2 Ed).

Dr. Bynum graduated from Colorado Technical University with a Doctor of Management – Homeland Security, and from the University of Colorado with a Master of Public Administration and a BA magna cum laude with High Distinction in Psychology.

Dr. Bynum previously served as the Associate Director of Operations and Educational Programs at the Center for Homeland Security, part of the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She also served as the Associate Director for the CU-Trauma, Health and Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where she developed a peer support program for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel to help them with building resilience, coping, and recovering from traumatic occupational experiences.

Dr. Bynum teaches courses in criminal justice, emergency and fire management services, public administration, and homeland security. A retired firefighter and emergency medical technician, she also volunteers as a senior emergency response planner, facilitator, and evaluator for her local community and the state. Dr. Bynum also has over 30 years of business administration, operations and finance management, accounting, and grant-writing experience from her positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as having a distinguished history of volunteer work with emergency services, military veterans, and youth programs in her community. Dr. Bynum’s research interests include exploring the social, governmental and economic implications of homeland security, emergency management, and criminal justice issues on public policy.

Chief Space & Defense Research Partner

Mr. John Holst

Mr. Holst is the Chief Analyst of Ill-Defined Space: https://illdefined.space/

John Holst’s analysis of the space industry has been a definitive source for national lawmakers and departments, news outlets such as Bloomberg and the San Francisco Chronicle, publications like National Geographic, and National Public Radio.

Mr. Holst’s research and analysis of the global space industry have been published in The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity from 2014-2019. You can also see Mr. Holst’s work in Quilty Analytic’s series of LEO Broadband Reports. Mr. Holst has worked in the United States Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, Cobham, Space Dynamics Laboratory, the Space Foundation, and Quilty Analytics. Mr. Holst focused on space operations in the first few and conducted space industry research and analysis with the last two. Mr. Holst was an undergrad at the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated with a degree in Journalism. Mr. Holst is currently finishing his final courses for his Masters of Science in Commercial Enterprise in Space at the Florida Institute of Technology.