Executive Director, START
Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland
Editorial Board, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague
8400 Baltimore Ave., Suite 250, College Park, Maryland 20740
William Braniff is the Executive Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland. He previously served as the Director of Practitioner Education and an Instructor at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). There he led the practitioner education program, the nation’s largest provider of counterterrorism education to federal, state and local governmental audiences.
Braniff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy where he received his bachelor’s degree. Following his Company Command as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army, Braniff attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received a master’s degree in international relations. Upon graduation, Bill worked in the nuclear counterterrorism field at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and as a research associate with the CTC Harmony Project at West Point.
Braniff lectures frequently for counterterrorism audiences in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Special Operations University, National Defense University, the United States Attorneys’ Office, the Foreign Service Institute, the Diplomatic Security Service, Defense Intelligence Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Braniff has also taken a keen interest in the field of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). He has consulted with the Department of Justice, the FBI and the National Security Staff, playing a key role in an interagency working group dedicated to the topic. In June of 2013, Bill testified before Congress regarding American attitudes towards terrorism and counterterrorism, and in February of 2014 and again in February 2015 he testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the evolving nature of global jihadism. Also in February of 2015, Bill was asked to speak at the White House CVE Summit, to the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate, and to the Global Counterterrorism Forum Foreign Terrorist Fighter Working group.
Braniff is also heavily involved in public education. His speaking engagements include Council on Foreign Relations and World Affairs Council events in cities around the country. In May of 2010, Bill took part in the National September 11th Museum and Memorial Speaker Series and is featured in the Museum’s educational webcast series. He has been interviewed on numerous occasions by National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News and by a host of additional international, national and local print and radio media outlets.
- Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., International Relations, 2006
- United States Military Academy, B.S., 1999
- Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army, 2012
- Executive Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, 2012-Present
- Director of Practitioner Education, United States Military Academy at West Point, Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), 2007-2012
- Foreign Affairs Specialist, National Nuclear Security Agency, Department of Energy, 2006-2007
- Armor Company Commander, Armor Battalion Scout Platoon Leader, Armor Company Executive Officer, Armor Company Platoon Leader, United States Army, 1999-2004