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Radiological Threats


Radiological Threats

Project Title Investigators Project Period
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency SIGMA+ Thomas Guarrieri, Marcus A. Boyd, Steve Sin July, 2018 to April, 2020
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Acceleration Erin Miller January, 2019 to January, 2020
Mobile Radiation Detectors: Threat Perception and Device Acceptance Brooke Liu, Elizabeth Petrun Sayers, Gary Ackerman, Steve Sin, Thomas Guarrieri April, 2014 to April, 2019
Cargo Aviation Insider Threat Assessment Tool (CAITAT) Thomas Guarrieri September, 2016 to December, 2018
Dissuading Adversaries and their Radiological/Nuclear Pathways: Integrating Deterrence Theory and Analytics in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) Amy Pate, Brandon Behlendorf, Gary Ackerman, John Sawyer, Steve Sin, Hamid Mohtadi, Marcus A. Boyd October, 2013 to September, 2018
Profiles of Incidents Involving CBRN and Non-state Actors (POICN) Database Markus Binder March, 2010 to June, 2018
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Erin Miller, Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan June, 2001 to June, 2018
Country Reports on Terrorism - Statistical Annex Gary LaFree, Erin Miller May, 2012 to May, 2018
Dynamics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Campaigns Gary Ackerman, Joseph Young, R. Karl Rethemeyer, Victor Asal July, 2014 to December, 2017
International and Regional Architecture Reports Brandon Behlendorf, Emily Iarocci, Gary Ackerman, Steve Sin May, 2012 to September, 2015
Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) Process John Sawyer, Steve Sin September, 2014 to June, 2015
PRND Capability Development Framework Mapping John Sawyer, Marcus A. Boyd December, 2012 to June, 2015
Insider Threat for Inbound International Air Cargo Gary Ackerman October, 2013 to March, 2015
Failure Points in Smuggling Networks Brandon Behlendorf September, 2013 to March, 2015
Integration of International Architecture Analysis Brandon Behlendorf, Emily Iarocci, Gary Ackerman, John Sawyer September, 2013 to March, 2015
Organized and/or Transnational Crime/Drug Cartel Nexus with Illicit Radiological/Nuclear Trade, Smuggling and/or Terrorism in Europe and North, Sahelian and West Africa Amy Pate, John Sawyer, Marcus A. Boyd, Steve Sin September, 2013 to March, 2015
Anatomizing Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale, R. Karl Rethemeyer June, 2012 to January, 2014
Radiological/Nuclear Adversaries Future Project Gary Ackerman, John Sawyer October, 2012 to December, 2013
The Threat of Pakistani Criminal Organizations: Assessing the Potential for Involvement in Radiological/Nuclear Smuggling, Collaboration with Terrorist Groups and the Potential to Destabilize the Pakistani State Amy Pate, Gary Ackerman April, 2012 to July, 2012
Global Nuclear Detection Architecture: A Study of South Asia Sharad Joshi October, 2008 to September, 2009
More Bang for the Buck?: Examining the Effect of Technological Change on Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale July, 2005 to September, 2009
Distinctive Characteristics of Terrorist Groups Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan January, 2005 to June, 2009
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Typesort descending
Jihadist Ideology and Strategy and the Possible Employment of 'Weapons of Mass Destruction November 2007 Bale, Jeffrey Book Chapter
Characteristics of Jihadists Who Use or Pursue CBRN: A Quantitative Approach November 2007 Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Book Chapter
Conclusion November 2007 Ackerman, Gary Book Chapter
Application of a Profile Similarity Methodology for Identifying Terrorist Groups That Use or Pursue CBRN Weapons September 2017 Ackerman, Gary; Milward, H. Brinton; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Breiger, Ronald; Asal, Victor Book Chapter
The Future of Jihadists and WMD November 2007 Ackerman, Gary Book Chapter
Profiling the WMD Terrorism Threat November 2008 Ackerman, Gary; Bale, Jeffrey Book Chapter
Defining Knowledge Gaps Within CBRN Terrorism Research November 2008 Ackerman, Gary Book Chapter
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism April 2018 Ackerman, Gary Book Chapter
Review of Bob Graham, et.al, World at Risk: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism June 2009 Ackerman, Gary Book Review
Countering Nuclear and Radiological Materials Illicit Trafficking Through Maritime Security Initiatives: Paper Tiger or Concrete Solution? A Case Study May 2015 Sin, Steve Conference Paper
Terrorist Organizational Factors and the Pursuit and Use of CBRN Terrorism March 2006 Ackerman, Gary Conference Paper
An Army of One: Assessing CBRN Pursuit and Use by Lone Wolves and Autonomous Cells January 2014 Ackerman, Gary; Pinson, Lauren Journal Article
Gauging the Threat August 2013 Ackerman, Gary; Pinson, Lauren Journal Article
Connections Can be Toxic: Terrorist Organizational Factors and the Pursuit of CBRN Weapons February 2012 Ackerman, Gary; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Risk Analysis of Chemical, Biological, or Radionuclear Threats: Implications for Food Security June 2009 Mohtadi, Hamid Journal Article
WMD Terrorism: The Once and Future Threat May 2018 Ackerman, Gary; Jacome, Michelle Journal Article
Introduction to the Forum: Non-State Actors, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction February 2005 Wilkenfeld, Jonathan; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Pick Your POICN: Introducing the Profiles of Incidents involving CBRN and Non-State Actors (POICN) Database March 2019 Ackerman, Gary; Binder, Markus Journal Article
The DNI's Open Source Center: An Organizational Communication Perspective February 2007 Bean, Hamilton Journal Article
WMD Terrorism Research: Whereto from Here? July 2005 Ackerman, Gary Journal Article
The Interplay between Terrorism, Nonstate Actors, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Exploration of the Pinkerton Database March 2005 LaFree, Gary; Dugan, Laura Journal Article
CBRN Activity and Attacks by Insurgent Organizations October 2015 Ackerman, Gary; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Research Brief
Insider Threat for Inbound International Air Cargo October 2015 Matuzsan, Gabrielle; Ackerman, Gary; Tinsley, Herbert; Halverson, James; Jacome, Michelle Research Brief
Dissuading Adversaries and Their RN Pathways: Integrating Deterrence Theory and Analytics in the GNDA November 2018 Smith, Daniel; Sin, Steve Research Brief
The “New” Face of Transnational Crime Organizations (TCOs): A Geopolitical Perspective and Implications to U.S. National Security May 2013 Pate, Amy; Ackerman, Gary; Johns, Mila White Paper
Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Geospatial Tool: Project Fact Sheet September 2013 Sawyer, John Project Fact Sheet
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START research contributes to radiation safety guide
START study leads to support for SLTT officials
Scavenger hunt activity helps START team assess capability of mobile radiation detectors
START launches online course on terror-crime nexus and CBRN
Hybrid organizations have greater motivational and operations ability for RN trafficking
START researcher presents paper on preventing illegal weapons trafficking in international waters at CBRNe USA Conference
The Non-Conventional Threat CBRNe event series comes to America
START’s Steve Sin chaired CBRNe Asia 2014 conference
START Newsletter: Global terrorism increasing; GTD 2012 dataset released; New cyber research
Background Report: Truck carrying radioactive material stolen in Mexico
START researchers available to discuss radioactive material stolen in Mexico
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
START aims to strengthen defense capabilities against WMD-seeking terrorists
Breiger turns regression models 'inside out'
Researcher Spotlight: Ronald Breiger
Hybrid political criminal organizations pose RN smuggling threat
START researchers present work on transnational criminal organizations, terrorism and radiological/nuclear (RN) smuggling
CBRN terrorism by non-state actors
Database Spotlight: Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries (RANNSAD)
Researcher Spotlight: Lauren Pinson
Database spotlight: Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD)
START workshop gives better understanding of CBRN technologies
New study shows alliances and not religious ideology are key to forecasting CBRN pursuit
JOB OPPORTUNITY: START Special Research Projects IT Assistant
Current Job Opportunities at START
START Advisory Board member quoted in "Daily Telegraph" and CNN
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
Image Title Job Title Institution
Andrew Godard Andrew Godard

Researcher

None
Ann Norwood

Senior Associate

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, SUNY Albany

University at Albany, State University of New York
Emily Iarocci Emily Iarocci

Senior Advisor, TechOp Solutions International

None
START Researcher Gabrielle Matuzsan Gabrielle Matuzsan

Analyst, Government Accountability Office

None
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Associate Professor, SUNY Albany

University at Albany, State University of New York
James Halverson

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Jillian Quigley

J.D. Candidate

University of Virginia
John Sawyer John Sawyer

Director of Strategic Corporate Research Relationships

University of Maryland
Lauren Pinson

Ph.D. Candidate

Yale University
Lyubov Mincheva

Executive Director, Graduate Program in International Relations and Security Studies

University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Marcus A. Boyd

Senior Researcher, GIS, START

Director, Graduate Studies, START

University of Maryland
Markus Binder

Project Manager/Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Michelle Jacome Michelle Jacome

Operations Officer, World Bank

None
Prabhakar Misra Prabhakar Misra

Professor of Physics

Howard University
Sarah Spalding Sarah Spalding

Geospatial Data Manager, Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD), ArdentMC

None
Sharad Joshi

Assistant Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Associate Fellow of International Security, Chatham House

Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Steve Sin

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT)

Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness

University of Maryland
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

University at Albany, State University of New York
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