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Radiological Threats

 

Radiological Threats

Project Title Investigators Project Period
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
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
Mobile Radiation Detectors: Threat Perception and Device Acceptance Brooke Liu, Elizabet Petrun Sayers, Gary Ackerman, Steve Sin, Thomas Guarrieri April, 2014 to April, 2019
International and Regional Architecture Reports Brandon Behlendorf, Emily Iarocci, Gary Ackerman, Steve Sin May, 2012 to September, 2015
Integration of International Architecture Analysis Brandon Behlendorf, Emily Iarocci, Gary Ackerman, John Sawyer September, 2013 to March, 2015
Integrated Discovery of Emerging and Novel Technologies (IDENT) Steve Sin June, 2018 to July, 2020
Insider Threat for Inbound International Air Cargo Gary Ackerman October, 2013 to March, 2015
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Acceleration Erin Miller January, 2019 to January, 2020
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Erin Miller, Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan June, 2001 to October, 2022
Global Nuclear Detection Architecture: A Study of South Asia Sharad Joshi October, 2008 to September, 2009
Failure Points in Smuggling Networks Brandon Behlendorf September, 2013 to March, 2015
Dynamics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Campaigns Gary Ackerman, Joseph Young, R. Karl Rethemeyer, Victor Asal July, 2014 to December, 2017
Distinctive Characteristics of Terrorist Groups Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan January, 2005 to June, 2009
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
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency SIGMA+ Thomas Guarrieri, Marcus A. Boyd, Steve Sin July, 2018 to April, 2020
Country Reports on Terrorism - Statistical Annex Gary LaFree, Erin Miller May, 2012 to May, 2018
Cargo Aviation Insider Threat Assessment Tool (CAITAT) Thomas Guarrieri September, 2016 to December, 2018
Anatomizing Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale, R. Karl Rethemeyer June, 2012 to January, 2014
Advancing U.S. CWMD/CWMT Capabilities in Support of the SIGMA+ Program through Development of Anticipatory Human Social Systems Models and Adversary Weapon Selection Decision Processes Steve Sin, Thomas Guarrieri March, 2020 to March, 2022
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
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
The DNI's Open Source Center: An Organizational Communication Perspective February 2007 Bean, Hamilton Journal Article
Terrorism Risk and Optimal Policy Response: Theory and Empirics October 2019 Mohtadi, Hamid Journal Article
Risk Analysis of Chemical, Biological, or Radionuclear Threats: Implications for Food Security June 2009 Mohtadi, Hamid Journal Article
Profiling the WMD Terrorism Threat August 2009 Ackerman, Gary; Bale, Jeffrey Book Chapter
Pick Your POICN: Introducing the Profiles of Incidents involving CBRN and Non-State Actors (POICN) Database March 2019 Ackerman, Gary; Binder, Markus Journal Article
Non-State Actors, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction March 2005 Wilkenfeld, Jonathan; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Modeling Terrorist Attack Cycles as a Stochastic Process: Analyzing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Incidents August 2020 Guarrieri, Thomas; Clark, Tyler A. Journal Article
Insider Threat for Inbound International Air Cargo October 2015 Matuzsan, Gabrielle; Ackerman, Gary; Tinsley, Herbert; Jacome, Michelle Research Brief
Gauging the Threat August 2013 Ackerman, Gary; Pinson, Lauren Journal Article
Dissuading Adversaries and Their RN Pathways: Integrating Deterrence Theory and Analytics in the GNDA November 2018 Sin, Steve Research Brief
Defining Knowledge Gaps Within CBRN Terrorism Research January 2009 Ackerman, Gary Book Chapter
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
Connections Can Be Toxic: Terrorist Organizational Factors and the Pursuit of CBRN Weapons February 2012 Ackerman, Gary; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism April 2018 Ackerman, Gary Book Chapter
CBRN Activity and Attacks by Insurgent Organizations October 2015 Ackerman, Gary; Rethemeyer, R. Karl; Asal, Victor Research Brief
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
An Army of One: Assessing CBRN Pursuit and Use by Lone Wolves and Autonomous Cells January 2014 Ackerman, Gary; Pinson, Lauren Journal Article
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START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
START researchers present work on transnational criminal organizations, terrorism and radiological/nuclear (RN) smuggling
START researchers available to discuss radioactive material stolen in Mexico
START researcher presents paper on preventing illegal weapons trafficking in international waters at CBRNe USA Conference
START research contributes to radiation safety guide
START Newsletter: Global terrorism increasing; GTD 2012 dataset released; New cyber research
START launches online course on terror-crime nexus and CBRN
START intern serves her country by fighting disease and discrimination
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
START aims to strengthen defense capabilities against WMD-seeking terrorists
START Advisory Board member quoted in "Daily Telegraph" and CNN
Scavenger hunt activity helps START team assess capability of mobile radiation detectors
Researcher Spotlight: Ronald Breiger
Researcher Spotlight: Lauren Pinson
New study shows alliances and not religious ideology are key to forecasting CBRN pursuit
New project seeks to provide DARPA with ways to deter CBRN attacks by non-state actors
JOB OPPORTUNITY: START Special Research Projects IT Assistant
Hybrid political criminal organizations pose RN smuggling threat
Hybrid organizations have greater motivational and operations ability for RN trafficking
Database Spotlight: Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries (RANNSAD)
Database spotlight: Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD)
DARPA-SIGMA+ interns get a great start at START
Current Job Opportunities at START
CBRN terrorism by non-state actors
Breiger turns regression models 'inside out'
Background Report: Truck carrying radioactive material stolen in Mexico
Image Title Job Title Institution
Markus Binder

Project Manager/Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Marcus A. Boyd

Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, START

Director of Graduate Studies, START

University of Maryland
John Sawyer John Sawyer

Director of Strategic Corporate Research Relationships

University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Associate Professor, SUNY Albany

University at Albany, State University of New York
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

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

University at Albany, State University of New York

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