The make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed and become significantly more complex over the last decade. New Jersey faces a minimal threat from returning jihadists because of the comparatively small number of US citizens who traveled to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the likelihood individuals join other terrorist groups abroad.
Deputy Director Brian Dodwell of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point talks to one of our intelligence analysts about the research he and his team have done on the current foreign fighter threat.
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Deputy Director, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
Brian Dodwell is the Deputy Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy, West Point. In this capacity, he manages numerous programs and conducts research on various terrorism-related topics. His research interests include jihadist terrorism in the United States, US homeland security challenges, and the nexus between terrorist groups and transnational criminal organizations. Mr. Dodwell regularly lectures to intelligence and law enforcement community audiences on these and other related topics.
Prior to joining the Combating Terrorism Center, Mr. Dodwell was the Operations Branch Chief at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Exercise Division, which manages the interagency National Exercise Program and assesses interagency counterterrorism strategy and policy at senior levels across the US government. Prior to entering federal service, Mr. Dodwell was an Associate at DFI International, where he managed and supported a variety of analytic projects examining a range of terrorism, homeland security, and proliferation topics for both DHS and the Department of Defense. He has also served as a counter-proliferation analyst supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and as a Research Assistant in the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Dodwell holds a M.A. in Security Studies from the Georgetown University Security Studies Program and a B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University.