Trustee Forum Bios-Security

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Andrew Liepman

Andrew LiepmanAndrew Liepman is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He retired in August 2012 as the Principal Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center after a career of more than 30 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He spent much of his career on Middle East and terrorism issues. He served for three years at the Department of State and in a variety of Intelligence Community assignments, including positions in the Nonproliferation Center and the National Intelligence Council. He was the Deputy Chief of CIA’s Office of Near East and South Asian Analysis, the Deputy Director of the Office of Weapons Intelligence, Arms Control, and Nonproliferation, the Chief of the Office of Iraq Analysis, and the Deputy Chief of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Immediately prior to joining RAND he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, first as the Deputy Director of NCTC for Intelligence and finally as the Principal Deputy. Liepman earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian Michael Jenkins

Brian Michael JenkinsBrian Michael Jenkins is a senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics, including Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? (2008, Prometheus Books). He formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department at RAND. On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Jenkins initiated a RAND effort to take stock of America’s policy reactions and give thoughtful consideration to future strategy. That effort is presented in The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism (Brian Michael Jenkins and John Paul Godges, eds., 2011).

Commissioned in the infantry, Jenkins became a paratrooper and a captain in the Green Berets. He is a decorated combat veteran, having served in the Seventh Special Forces Group in the Dominican Republic and with the Fifth Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He returned to Vietnam as a member of the Long Range Planning Task Group and received the Department of the Army’s highest award for his service.

 In 1996, President Clinton appointed Jenkins to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. From 1999 to 2000, he served as adviser to the National Commission on Terrorism and in 2000 was appointed to the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board. He is a research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute, where he directs the continuing research on protecting surface transportation against terrorist attacks.

Jerry Roberts

Jerry RobertsJerry Roberts is a prize-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience in the news business.

 The former Managing Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and the former Editor and Publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press, he is co-founder of, which the Washington Post recently judged the state’s best non-partisan web site covering California politics, and the author of “Never Let Them See You Cry,” a biography of Senator Dianne Feinstein.

 As a broadcast commentator, he provides political analysis for public radio stations KCRW-FM in Los Angeles and KCLU-FM in Ventura, and for KGO-AM in San Francisco, and also hosts “Real Talk,” a public affairs television program in Santa Barbara. As a journalism teacher, he has lectured at UCSB, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, among other colleges.

 The recipient of several national awards for ethics, his fight for ethical journalism at the Santa Barbara News-Press is chronicled in the documentary film, “Citizen McCaw.”