Anti-Terrorism Track: Workshop Summaries and Presenter Information
1. Workshop Title: A Social Science Approach to Strategic Influence Evaluation: Good Evaluation Starts at the Beginning
Organization: Joint Military Information Support Command
Summary: This presentation will use original research to illustrate how basing strategic communications planning, development, and evaluation on social science theory can be effective. Lieutenant Colonel Rate will discuss moral disengagement theory as a means to understand and combat terrorism. He will argue for establishing measures of performance and effectiveness early in the planning process.
Proceedings: Session Transcript
Christopher R. Rate
As Chief of the JMISC’s Behavioral Sciences Branch, Lt Col Rate is directly responsible for the conduct, coordination, execution and integration of behavioral sciences into strategic psychological operations. His branch leverages best practices in research and analysis, survey development and polling, and campaign assessment. Lt Col Rate holds a PhD in Social-Cognitive Psychology (Yale University).
2. Workshop Title: Evaluation's Role in Informing the Design of Anti-Terrorism Assistance Programs
Organization: Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State
Summary: Antiterrorism Assistance is the primary mechanism of the U.S. Government to provide counterterrorism assistance to partner nations. The Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security will discuss the process of designing a program of (antiterrorism) assistance and the role that assessments play in informing the design of a program, in helping measure results, and in evaluating program impact.
Proceedings: Session Transcript
Mr. Roberto Figueredo is the Sustainment Coordinator in DS/T/ATA. He oversees the institutionalization and sustainment of ATA programs. Mr. Figueredo has over 25 years of experience in policy formulation, strategic planning, and program design. As senior manager, he directed development assistance programs in economic reform, education, democracy and governance, and police and security sector reform in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Mr. Charles Stevens is the Chief of the Assessment Review and Evaluation Unit of DS/T/ATA. He has over 20 years of experience in security analysis and design including seven years as Security Manager for two multibillion-dollar natural gas projects in Chad and Algeria. Mr. Stevens also served as a Commanding Officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
As Program Manager of the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program (ATA) in the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism (S/CT) since July 2009, Dr. Judd Stitziel is responsible for providing policy guidance and oversight for the $215 million capacity-building program currently active in 63 countries. He previously served as a Senior Compliance Specialist in State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (PM/DDTC), where his responsibilities included helping to administer the Blue Lantern end-use monitoring program. Before joining State, Dr. Stitziel worked in a variety of contexts in both the private and academic sectors. His previous experience has included positions as Manager of Research and Information at a private consulting company specializing in international economic development, visiting assistant professor at Cornell University and Wesleyan University, and reporter at a journal on the health care industry. Dr. Stitziel holds a doctoral degree and a master's degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree from Yale University.
3. Workshop Title: Analysis of Efforts to Combat International Crime and Terrorism Links Since September 11, 2001
Organization: Congressional Research Service
Summary: The confluence of transnational crime and international terrorism has been the focus of numerous U.S. strategies and programs in the years following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Understanding the confluence of transnational terrorist and criminal groups and inter-agency efforts in response will be the focus of this workshop offered by the Congressional Research Service.
Liana Wyler is an analyst in international crime and narcotics at the Congressional Research Service. In that capacity, she has authored a variety of reports on international drug control policy, the confluence of crime and terrorism, weak and failing states, and criminal issues associated with North Korea, Burma, and West Africa. Previously as a Presidential Management Fellow, she worked at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, focusing on combating financial crimes, international kleptocracy, and transnational organized crime. She also previously worked at The Brookings Institution in the Foreign Policy Studies program assisting then Senior Fellow Susan E. Rice. Ms. Wyler graduated with a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received her Bachelor’s from Duke University.
John Rollins is member of the Congressional Research Service's (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division specializing in counterterrorism policy and national security related issues. Prior to joining CRS in 2005 John was the Chief of Staff of the Office of Intelligence and Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Intelligence Community Reform for the Department of Homeland Security. His career includes a variety of analytic, legal, and management positions in the U.S. Army, FBI, CIA, DIA, U.S. Marine Corps, 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force), and the United Nations. He is a licensed attorney and graduate of the Senior Executive Fellowship program, Harvard University. He teaches at numerous universities, is a member of editorial boards of refereed journals, and occasionally provides security advice to public and private sector entities.