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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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DescriptionTransnational criminal and terrorist organizations are known to have engaged in the past and are actively engaged in the smuggling of various “commodities” such as narcotics, wildlife, wildlife parts, antiquities and human beings throughout the world via various licit and illicit transportation modes and networks. These same transportation modes and networks can be used to illicitly transport radiological and/or nuclear (RN) materials.
As the Radiological and Nuclear research arm of the Unconventional Weapons & Technology Division of START, Project Odin is a multi-compartmented interdisciplinary research project that analyzes the potential illicit RN trafficking threats to the United States and partner countries by non-state actors. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide the national security policy- and decision-makers baseline knowledge and recommendations for improving the international RN security architecture and sustaining it into the future.
Through this internship, the student researchers will perform data collection, data coding, research, and assist in the analysis of topics and events related to illicit RN trafficking threat. Some of the areas of research include:
Open-source research in order to identify operational areas of transnational terrorist and criminal organizations, as well as more loosely organized criminal networks, in the region(s) of interest that may be relevant to attempts to illicitly traffic RN material;
Open-source research of identified organizations and networks operating throughout the region(s) of interest to build detailed network profiles of said organizations and networks.
RequirementsStrong writing and research skills
Basic understanding of open-source research
Must have proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
Ability to work independently and part of a larger research team
Attention to detail
Flexibility and ability to multitask
Background and/or coursework in organized crime, terrorism, trafficking and/or radiological/nuclear proliferation plus but not required;
Language skills in Russian or any other Central Asian and Balkan languages are highly encouraged to apply