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Brian Michael Jenkins

A senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation and one of the world's leading authorities on terrorism, Jenkins founded the RAND Corporation's terrorism research program 30 years ago. He has written frequently on terrorism, and has served as an advisor to the federal government and the private sector on the subject.


Jenkins is a former Army officer who served with Special Forces in Vietnam and also a former deputy chairman of Kroll Associates. He served as a captain in the Green Berets in the Dominican Republic and later in Vietnam (1966-1970).


In 1996, was appointed by President Clinton to be a member of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. He has also served as an advisor to the National Commission on Terrorism (1999-2000) and in 2000 was appointed as a member of the U.S. Comptroller General's Advisory Board. Jenkins is a special advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and an advisor to the ICC's Commercial Crime Services.


Jenkins has authored many books, including Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves, International Terrorism: A New Mode of Conflict. He is the editor and coauthor of Terrorism and Personal Protection, coeditor and coauthor of "Aviation Terrorism and Security, and coauthor of The Fall of South Vietnam. His latest book, Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? was published in 2008.

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