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Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D.

Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D. has 4 articles published.

Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D.
Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D., brings passion, creativity, and scientific rigor to the mission of making the world a more difficult place for illicit actors and networks. He works primarily through the application of behavioral science to the world of organized violence. In 2012, Dr. Shiffman founded the software company, Giant Oak (​www.giantoak.com​), to bring government-funded research and development to U.S. national security, and to compliance professionals in the financial services industry. He seeks to democratize advanced analytics so that organizations, regardless of size, can benefit from best practices in countering illicit activities. Dr. Shiffman teaches at Georgetown University and his second book, ​The Economics of Organized Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency and Terrorism ​is forthcoming in late 2019 from Cambridge University Press. Dr. Shiffman’s past professional experiences have qualified him as an expert on the intersections of big data, business, national security, and social science. Prior to his work at Giant Oak, Dr. Shiffman served as Managing Director of the Chertoff Group, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Risk Management Solutions at L-3, and Chief of Staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Additionally, Dr. Shiffman has served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Leadership, advised international law firms on anti-terrorism and homeland defense issues, and served in policy, planning, and operational positions in the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Shiffman proudly served his country and is a decorated U.S. Navy Gulf War veteran. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, his M.A. in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado.

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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