Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Program
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
Gary Ackerman is the Director of START’s Unconventional Weapons and Technology Research Program, where he manages large research projects, explores new avenues for research and establishes collaborative research relationships. He previously served as Director of the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and chief of operations of the South Africa-based African-Asian Society. His research encompasses various areas relating to terrorism and counterterrorism, including terrorist threat assessment, motivations for using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons, radicalization, the relationship between terrorism and technology and the modeling and simulation of terrorist behavior. He is the co-editor of and contributing author to “Jihadists and Weapons of Mass Destruction” (CRC Press, 2009), author of several articles on terrorism-related subjects and has testified on terrorist motivations for using nuclear weapons before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.