International terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman has joined the Homeland Security Today Editorial Board. Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades and has penned numerous books considered the “gold standard” in terrorism study.
Hoffman is the editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and the series editor of Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, including his book Inside Terrorism, published by Columbia University Press. He co-edited with Fernando Reinares The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014).
He is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and until recently was the longest-serving director of its Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program. Hoffman is also a visiting professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland, a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center.
Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corp., where he was also director of RAND’s Washington office and vice president for external affairs. Hoffman was appointed by Congress as a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission and has been scholar-in-residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency, adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, and an adviser on counterinsurgency to Multi-National Force-Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad.
In November 1994, the director of Central Intelligence awarded him the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the highest level of commendation given to a non-government employee, which recognizes sustained superior performance of high value that distinctly benefits the interests and national security of the United States. Hoffman’s most recent books include Anonymous Soldiers (2015), which was awarded the Washington Institute for Near East Studies’ Gold Medal for the year’s best book on Middle Eastern politics, history and society and was also named the Jewish Book of the Year for 2015 by the Jewish National Book Council.
Hoffman will focus on terrorist activity and its implications for homeland security.