Brian A. Jackson is a senior physical scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on homeland security, criminal justice, and emergency preparedness. His areas of research have included the evaluation of technology and policy in criminal justice, measurement of emergency preparedness, and design of policy and preparedness games and table-top exercises. Jackson's terrorism-focused research has examined organizational learning by terrorist groups, terrorist groups' use of technology, combatting violent extremism/terrorism prevention, development of assessment methods for novel terrorist threats, and strategies to respond to terrorist targeting of national economies.
Jackson's recent key publications include articles in American Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Air Transport Management, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and Terrorism and Political Violence, as well as many RAND reports.
Jackson received his Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and his M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University.