Executive Director, START
8400 Baltimore Ave, Suite 250 College Park, Maryland 20740
William Braniff is the Executive Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). He previously served as the Director of Practitioner Education and an Instructor at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). There he led the practitioner education program, the nation’s largest provider of counterterrorism education to federal, state and local governmental audiences.
Braniff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy where he received his bachelor’s degree. Following his Company Command as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army, Braniff attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received a master’s degree in international relations. Upon graduation, Bill worked in the nuclear counterterrorism field at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and as a research associate with the CTC Harmony Project at West Point.
Braniff lectures frequently for counterterrorism audiences including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Special Operations University, National Defense University, the United States Attorneys’ Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Braniff has also taken a keen interest in the field of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). He has consulted with the Department of Justice, the FBI and the National Security Staff, playing a key role in an interagency working group dedicated to the topic. In June of 2013, Bill testified before Congress regarding American attitudes towards terrorism and counterterrorism, and in February of 2014 and again in February 2015 he testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the evolving nature of global jihadism. Also in February of 2015, Bill was asked to speak at the White House CVE Summit, to the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate, and to the Global Counterterrorism Forum Foreign Terrorist Fighter Working group.
Braniff is also heavily involved in public education. His speaking engagements include several Council on Foreign Relations and World Affairs Council events in cities around the country. In May of 2010, Bill took part in the National September 11th Museum and Memorial Speaker Series and is featured in the Museum’s educational webcast series. He has been interviewed on numerous occasions by National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and by a host of additional international, national and local print and radio media outlets.
- Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., International Relations, 2006
- United States Military Academy, B.S., 1999
Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army, 2012
- Executive Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, 2012-Present
- Director of Practitioner Education, United States Military Academy at West Point, Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), 2007-2012
- Foreign Affairs Specialist, National Nuclear Security Agency, Department of Energy, 2006-2007
- Armor Company Commander, Armor Battalion Scout Platoon Leader, Armor Company Executive Officer, Armor Company Platoon Leader, United States Army, 1999-2004
- CSPAN, Congressional Testimony Before the House Armed Services Committee on the State of the Islamic Extremist Threat, February 2015. http://www.c-span.org/video/?324256-1/hearing-islamic-extremism
- CSPAN,An Empirical Approach to Countering Violent Extremism, White House CVE Summit, February, 2015 http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4528752/william-braniff-rising-superstar
- CSPAN’s Washington Journal, Discussion of the White House CVE Summit, February, 2015 http://www.c-span.org/video/?324406-5/washington-journal-william-braniff-white-house-summit-countering-violent-extremism
- "Terrorism and Violent Crime," CSPAN's Washington Journal, April 2013.
- “Drones could destabilize Pakistan,” AFP video, June 6, 2012.
- “Death of al-Libi is a crippling blow,” AFP article, June 5, 2012.
- “Choosing From the Many Lessons of Sept. 11,” an expert panel discussion, New York Times, June 4, 2012.
- “Exploring 9/11: The World Before and After,” National September 11th Museum and Memorial Webcast on the death of Osama bin Laden, 2011.
- “In Attack, Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group Expands Reach,” Wall Street Journal, July 2010.
- KCUR Up to Date interview with Steve Kraske on the threat posed by al-Qaeda, Kansas City, Missouri, April 2010.
- “Assessing Somalia’s Terror Threat,” International Relations and Security Network, December 2009.
- “Al-Qaida Media Blitz has Some on Alert,” National Public Radio, April 2009.
- “Experts Fear al-Qaida May Turn to Piracy, National Public Radio, April 2009.
- “West Point Experts Codify Terrorism,” Cornell Daily Sun, March 2009.
- WHCU Morning Radio interview with Sean Hannity on al-Qaeda’s Structure and Function, Cornell, New York, March 2009.
- FBI takes counterterrorism classes, National Public Radio, July 2008.
- “Exploring 9/11: The World Before and After,” National September 11th Museum and Memorial Webcast on Al-Qa'ida's ideology, 2008.