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Al Qaeda's Grand Strategy

The JINSA Policy Forum features policy experts to provide information about the importance of an effective U.S. defense capability and a robust national security policy in safeguarding vital American interests. On March 2, 2010, Dr. Bruce Hoffman, one of the world’s most respected terrorism scholars, spoke to the JINSA Policy Forum audience in Washington.

Dr. Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than 30 years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Dr. Hoffman was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office.

Dr. Hoffman was also adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq during the spring of 2004 and from 2004 to 2005 was an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad.

In November 1994, the Director of Central Intelligence awarded Dr. Hoffman 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.

He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 1998 book, Inside Terrorism.

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