Bruce Hoffman, Now Heading CPASS/SSP, Testifies on Key Terrorism Report He Co-Authored
Professor Bruce Hoffman -- recently named Director of SFS' Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS) and the graduate Security Studies Program (SSP) -- testified September 15, 2010 before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. The invitation to testify came after the release of Assessing the Terrorist Threat, a report written by Hoffman and Peter Bergen detailing the increased complexity of the terrorist threat facing the United States.
The Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) issued the study, which documents a rise in the number of homegrown terrorists in the United States and an increasingly "Americanized" al-Qaeda leadership. Hoffman is a member of the BPC's National Security Preparedness Group.
"We are seeing more Americans turning on their country, going abroad and making common cause with terrorist groups," Hoffman said in a BPC press release. "The array of perpetrators and the nature of their plots against America are remarkable and there is no single government agency responsible for deterring radicalization and terrorist recruitment. The terrorists may have found our Achilles heel – we have no way of dealing with this growing problem."
Hoffman replaced Professor Daniel Byman as head of CPASS and SSP. Byman had served for five years. The appointment began July 1. ""Bruce Hoffman is a cutting-edge scholar -- truly an expert in his
field -- whose keen insight into terrorism could not be more relevant
in these times," said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster.
Hoffman is the author of Inside Terrorism. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center. Before coming to Georgetown, he was Chair of Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation.
Read more about Bruce Hoffman via his ExploreGeorgetown profile. The SFS News alumni update also profiled Hoffman.