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National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
8400 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 250
College Park, MD
Posted: September 26 2016
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DescriptionThis research internship will support a project that analyzes the potential radiological and nuclear (RN) threats to the United States by non-state actors. Project Leviathan integrates numerous adversary behavioral models and threat assessment tools into one system in order to assess the likely deterrent and deflective effects of various policies and investments on potential RN adversaries. Under the supervision of the principal investigator and other project leadership and as part of multi-faceted project, interns will be able to partake in a variety of tasks throughout the semester-long internship. As part of the adversary component of the project, a team of selected interns will conduct open source research to profile domestic and transnational criminal and extremist organizations, related to the potential trafficking of illicit radiological and/or nuclear material in the United States. Interns will research specific groups, write summaries of their activities, and identify new or emerging patterns of behavior relevant to national security. For this component of the project, interns will also have the opportunity to participate in the threat analysis process by performing social science and geospatial coding.
As part of the threat assessment portion of Leviathan, interns will conduct out open-source research in support of the Future Attacks by Radiological and Nuclear Adversaries (FARNA) model. FARNA is a behavioral model that is designed to forecast adversary decisions on weapon and target selection and their probability of carrying out a successful attack. Interns will be briefed on this tool and will then focus on a particular sub-model within FARNA; tasking will include conducting background research, assisting with model refinement, and drafting reports on the theoretical justification and results. Interns will meet weekly with the Principal Investigator and project team to review findings, strengthen the model and improve writing skills for both academic and government audiences.
RequirementsUpper classmen with research experience
Strong writing skills; must pass brief analytical writing test as part of interview process
Must have proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
Interest in both policy-oriented and academic publications
Graduate students and PhD candidates are strongly preferred
Strong background in statistics and probability through coursework or internship/jobs.
Knowledge of @Risk Software
Demonstrable superior writing skills, e.g. prior publication, writing tutoring, awards, etc