About Us

Our Team

We uniquely combine cutting edge academic concepts with the practical solutions that enable you to design the optimal way to prevent and mitigate bad outcomes.

Bruce Hoffman, D.Phil.

Bruce has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades. He is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and until recently was the Director of both its Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Master of Arts Program. Bruce is also the Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations, Visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland and an adjunct professor at the International Institute of Counterterrorism, Herzliya, Israel, and Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation. Bruce was appointed by the U.S. 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, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; and, adviser on counterinsurgency, Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq. The Director of Central Intelligence awarded Bruce the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion the highest level of commendation given to a non-government employee. His most books include Inside Terrorism (3rd edition, 2017); Anonymous Soldiers (2015); and, The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014).

David W. Brannan, Ph.D.

David W. Brannan retired from a career in domestic law enforcement due to injuries sustained fighting in the line of duty. During that time, he served in a variety of positions with a six-year emphasis on SWAT. David was a political scientist for the RAND Corporation for five years working on areas related to terrorism, insurgency and law enforcement with particular interest in theologically motivated political activism. He served in Iraq at the request of the Department of Defense as the Director of Security Policy for the CPA/MOI where he was wounded by an insurgent mortar attack during operations related to his expertise outside Baqubah, at FOB Warhorse. His work in Iraq provides a unique perspective on creating internal security forces specifically designed to deal with insurgency and terrorism in a lawless climate. David lectures on terrorism, ethics, discourse analysis and other homeland security issues for the Center for Homeland Security and Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA. He blends a rigorous analytical approach based on Social Identity Theory and Social Identity Analytical Method with his practical field experiences leading students to an informed and highly useable understanding of the issues related to terrorism and homeland security. David holds a Joint Honours MA in International Relations and Theology as well as a PhD in Theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. His dissertation was entitled, Violence, Terrorism and the role of Theology. His book, A Practitioner’s Way Forward: Terrorism Analysis is a result of 10+ years of working with practitioner students at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Stephen Atkinson, M.A., QPM​

Born in Belfast, Steve has thirty years of policing experience, twenty three of which he practiced in the operational delivery, development and training of covert operations and specialist tactical command in both hostile and normalising policing environments in Northern Ireland. For the last two and a half years of his service he had tactical command for the delivery of high risk CT covert policing and threat management operations in the northern region of the province. Steve has extensive teaching experience across specialist policing, command, threat management and contingency planning. He has instructed and lectured to a variety of diverse institutions such as: the Norwegian Police University College, Oslo; Georgetown University Washington DC; The Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews; the ATLAS Programme, Europol; Bureaux of Counter Terrorism, Warsaw and was an associate lecturer in Criminology at the University of Ulster in Belfast. Steve was a UK liaison officer on the ATLAS CT programme for the sharing of information and a Programme Manager on the ‘Five Eye’ Leadership in Counter Terrorism (LinCT) programme for the past four years. He has a MA in Violence, Terrorism and International Security from Queens University Belfast and a Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University, England. In 2013 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal by her Majesty the Queen in her New Year’s Honours list for services to policing.​

Mark Cochrane, M.A.

Mark Cochrane is a former Police Officer with over 28 years service in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross (RUC GC). He has extensive experience of policing and counter terrorism. He has taught and lectured at diverse venues including: the Swedish Defense College, Stockholm; the Irregular Warfare Course, US Marine Corps University; West Point Military Academy; Combating Terrorism Centre, West Point; the National Executive Institute (NEI) and the National Academy (NA) at Quantico; FBI JTTF Regional training, New York; Bush School of Government at Texas A & M; Georgetown University; the Woodrow Wilson Centre Washington DC; and the RAND Corporation. In 2008 Mark completed a Fulbright Police Fellowship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York.. Mark holds an MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security from Queen’s University Belfast; a BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Ulster and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. He is a self-employed consultant engaged in work with a number of agencies and is an associate lecturer in Criminology at the University of Ulster in addition to lecturing at U.S. academic and law enforcement institutions.

Jeffrey Connor, Ph.D.

Jeff provides organizational and leadership development for leaders in a wide range of organizations. Most recently his primary work has been with the US Intelligence Community for whom he has written several internal case studies and delivers executive education. He has delivered programs on leadership in over twenty-five countries. Jef is an adjunct professor in the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University where he facilitates the National Security Critical Issue Task Force graduate seminar. For twenty years Jef was the CEO of a large professional service organization and, for over twenty-five years, was a Lecturer on Organizational Behavior at Harvard Medical School and the Graduate School of Education where he co-taught a seminar on Organizational Diagnosis. Jef received a master’s degree in psychology from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in administration, policy, and research at Brandeis University. He is also a guitar and furniture builder.

Carol Rollie Flynn, M.S.

Rollie is a 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where she held senior executive positions including Director of the CIA’s Leadership Academy, Associate Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and Clandestine Operations Officer in Africa and Southeast Asia. Rollie is also an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service/Security Studies Program where she teaches graduate seminars on intelligence and national security. She serves as Adjunct Staff at Rand Corporation, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s of Science in Cyber Security from University of Maryland/University College.