Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Adviser to the President at the RAND Corporation, is the author of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear (2008, Prometheus Books) and of several RAND monographs on terrorism-related topics. He formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department at RAND. In anticipation of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Mr. Jenkins spearheaded the RAND effort to take stock of America’s policy reactions and give thoughtful consideration to the future strategy. That effort is presented in The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism. He is also the Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Transportation Security Center, where he directs the continuing research on protecting surface transportation against terrorist attacks.
Commissioned in the infantry, Mr. Jenkins became a paratrooper and a captain in the Green Berets. He is a decorated combat veteran, having served in the Seventh Special Forces Group in the Dominican Republic and with the Fifth Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He returned to Vietnam as a member of the Long Range Planning Task Group and received the Department of the Army’s highest award for his service.
In 1996, President Clinton appointed Mr. Jenkins to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. From 1999 to 2000, he served as adviser to the National Commission on Terrorism and in 2000 was appointed to the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group.