Congressional Briefing: May 3, 2019

How Do We Prevent the Next Homegrown Terrorist?

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Friday, May 3, 2019


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Limited breakfast provided


2045 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

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About the Briefing

Although 9/11 and the threat of attack from al Qaeda and ISIS have shaped recent national responses to terrorism, the history of terrorism in the United States is a long one. Attacks have come from groups and individuals inspired by very different ideologies, pursuing very different goals, in virtually all 50 states. Given these challenges, what is the right terrorism prevention strategy for the federal government?

The Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center examined past and current terrorism prevention efforts in the U.S. and explored policy options to strengthen terrorism prevention going forward. In this briefing, Brian Jackson will discuss:

  • The nature of the homeland terrorist threat
  • Past and current terrorism prevention policies, activities, and capabilities
  • Considerations for policymakers and the federal government

Brian Jackson is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. 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, 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, combatting violent extremism/terrorism prevention, development of assessment methods for novel terrorist threats, and strategies to respond to terrorist targeting of national economies. 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.

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