Brian A. Jackson

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Senior Physical Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry, California Institute of Technology; M.A. in science, technology, and public policy, The George Washington University; B.S. in chemistry, Haverford College

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Brian A. Jackson is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on homeland security and terrorism preparedness. His areas of examination have included safety management in large-scale emergency response operations, the equipment and technology needs of emergency responders, and design of preparedness exercises. Jackson's terrorism-focused research has examined organizational learning by terrorist groups, terrorist groups' use of technology, development of assessment methods for novel terrorist threats, and examination of the strategies to respond to terrorist targeting of national economies.

Jackson's key publications include articles in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Military Review, and Biosecurity and Bioterrorism on terrorist organizational structures and behavior, intelligence gathering for targeting terrorist and insurgent groups, and analysis of a state-level public health preparedness exercise, as well as many RAND reports.

Jackson received his M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University and his Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Recent Projects

  • Analyzing terrorist behavior and adaptive responses to homeland security measures
  • Development methods for risk analysis and security evaluation given uncertainty in future attacker behavior
  • Evaluating emergency preparedness and the benefits of preparedness programs
  • Assessing novel security threats
  • Preparedness exercises and game design

Selected Publications

Brian A. Jackson et al., Aptitude for Destruction-Vol. 1: Organizational Learning in Terrorist Groups and Its Implications for Combating Terrorism; Vol. 2: Case Studies of Organizational Learning in Five Terrorist Groups, RAND Corporation (MG-332), 2007

Brian A. Jackson, "Counterinsurgency Intelligence in a 'Long War': The British Experience in Northern Ireland," Military Review, 2007

Brian A. Jackson et al., Protecting Emergency Responders, Vol. 3: Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response, RAND Corporation (MG-170), 2004

Brian A. Jackson et al., Breaching the Fortress Wall: Understanding Terrorist Efforts to Overcome Defensive Technologies, RAND Corporation (MG-481), 1999

Brian A. Jackson, "Bioterrorism with Zoonotic Disease: Public Health Preparedness Lessons from a Multiagency Exercise," Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Associated Press; The Atlantic; Toronto Star; United Press International

Commentary: Newsweek; U.S. News & World Report