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NDSU Researcher Presents at National Security Conference

Posted: Oct 15, 2008

A researcher with NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute was on the agenda of a national security conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11 and 12. Jarret Brachman attended the "DNI Open Source Conference 2008," hosted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The conference explored best practices for the Intelligence Community and its partners. Participants ranged from academia, private industry, international, federal, state, local and tribal entities.

Brachman was part of a panel focusing on how to study and combat terrorist threats. The breakout session, "Combating Non-state Actors via Open Source," was presented in conjunction with Gary LaFree from the University of Maryland and Christopher Boucek from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Brachman discussed his theories on Jihobbyism, which he defined as "the public promotion, celebration or promulgation of Jihadi-Salafi ideology."

Brachman, who joined the transportation institute in August as an associate research fellow, is leading efforts focused on transportation security. Before coming to NDSU, he was the director of research at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Before that, he served as a fellow with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Oct. 15, 2008

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