Brian A. Jackson

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Director, HSOAC Security Studies Program; Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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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 and director of the Security Studies Program in the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center. His research focuses on homeland security, criminal justice, and emergency preparedness. His areas of research have included the evaluation of technology and policy in criminal justice, firearms policy, measurement of emergency preparedness, and design of policy and preparedness games and table-top 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 recent key publications include articles in American Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Air Transport Management, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and Terrorism and Political Violence, 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

  • Assessment of criminal justice outcomes of information sharing
  • Guns in America: A RAND Initiative
  • Innovation in criminal justice technology, policy and practice
  • Development methods for risk analysis and security evaluation given uncertainty in future attacker behavior
  • Evaluating emergency preparedness and the benefits of preparedness programs

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; Marketplace Radio; PBS NewsHour Online; Toronto Star; United Press International; WUSA-DC (CBS)

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