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Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D.

Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D. has 6 articles published.

Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D.
Gary M. Shiffman is an applied micro-economist and business executive working to combat organized violence, corruption, and coercion. He received his BA from the University of Colorado in Psychology, his MA from Georgetown University in National Security Studies, and his PhD in Economics from George Mason University. His academic work is complimented by his global operational experiences, including his service as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer in the Pacific Fleet with tours in the Gulf War; as an official in the Pentagon and a Senior Executive in the US Department of Homeland Security; as a National Security Advisor in the US Senate; and as a business leader at a publicly-traded corporation. Currently, Dr. Shiffman serves as the CEO of Giant Oak, Inc., and the CEO of Consilient, both of which are machine learning and artificial intelligence companies building solutions to support professionals in the fields of national security and financial crime. He dedicates time to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, teaching the next generation of national security leaders. Dr. Shiffman recently published The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform Our View of Crime, Insurgency, and Terrorism with Cambridge University Press in 2020.

COLUMN: Terrorism Is a Choice, Not an Ideology

Just because someone is of a particular religion, ethnicity, or other demographic doesn’t mean that this particular identity caused them to choose violence.

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COLUMN: How Do We Find the Real Criminals?

Imagine if law enforcement professionals could screen a population of people to find risky patterns of behavior, prioritize cases based upon quality and then move to investigation.

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PERSPECTIVE: Identity Labels and Bias in National Security and Law Enforcement

Humans use identity labels to make stories easy, but we can’t confuse correlation with causation.

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PERSPECTIVE: Thinking of Violence in Market Terms Is One Way to Solve It

Describing CT and COIN in market terms means understanding the dynamic nature of conflict. Our challenge of stable security means that illicit actors face the challenge of persistent insecurity.

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PERSPECTIVE: How Do You End Organized Violence? Think Like an Entrepreneur

We must think about rising ISIS attacks – this starts with how we talk about the perpetrators of violence.

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PERSPECTIVE: Use AI and Machine Learning to Mold a Modern Security Clearance Process

The process is broken, plagued by backlogs and delays that threaten our homeland security.

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