Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Valens Global & Valens Labs
3180 Cypress Pond Pass
Duluth , GA 30097
Office: 919-360-1784
Introduction

Described by The International Herald Tribune as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community”, Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is a scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur who focuses on understanding and fashioning innovative responses to terrorist groups and other violent non-state actors (VNSAs). He is the Chief Executive Officer of the private firm Valens Global. He also serves as a Senior Advisor on Asymmetric Warfare at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Dr. Gartenstein-Ross’s past positions have included Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, Fellow with Google’s think tank Jigsaw, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has served as an expert witness in numerous federal court cases, including a criminal trial, civil suits against state sponsors of terrorism, and several asylum hearings. He has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. House and Senate over a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is also a frequently featured speaker at events and conferences throughout the globe.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has led a large number of major projects as a practitioner. They include open-source strategic analysis on terrorism and other sub-state threats for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) National Targeting Center to help it safeguard the country’s borders; serving as the lead instructor for over a year for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Individual Terrorism Awareness Course (INTAC); mapping the Islamic State’s (ISIS) digital propaganda and the online counter-ISIS narrative space for Google’s think tank Jigsaw, as it designed its heralded Redirect Method; organizing and facilitating a conference in Nigeria, as an EU-appointed Strategic Communication Expert, helping civil society activists understand militant groups’ use of social media and forge an action plan to counter it; and serving as a subject-matter consultant on the militant group Asaib Ahl al-Haq during a live hostage negotiations with it.

As a scholar, Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of twenty-three books and monographs, and has a book on jihadist groups’ organizational learning forthcoming in 2020 that has been accepted for publication by Columbia University Press. He has also published widely in the academic and popular press, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the leading peer-reviewed journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Dr. Gartenstein-Ross holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.


Areas of Expertise
  • School Security
  • Terrorism

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: - 10,000 Small Businesses Certificate of Entrepreneurship, sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, 2018.
- Ph.D., World Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2014.
Dissertation title: “Towards Understanding the Significance of Religion for Jihadi Violent Non-State Actors.”
- M.A., World Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2010.
- J.D., magna cum laude, New York University School of Law, 2002.
- B.A. with Honors, Communication, magna cum laude, Wake Forest University, 1998.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: - Safe Communities Institute Fellow, University of Southern California, 2016-present.
- Senior Fellow. Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University. 2010-2015.
- Lincoln Fellow. The Claremont Institute. 2007.
- Member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.
- Served as a peer reviewer for book publishers Columbia University Press and Continuum International Publishing; for the journals African Security, Contemporary Security Policy, The Journal of International Law and International Relations, and Terrorism and Political Violence; and for monographs published by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching Experience:
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Security Studies Program (graduate), 2013-2017. Course taught: Violent Non-State Actors.
- University of Southern California, Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism, 2013-present. Course taught: Al-Qaeda and Its Affiliates.
- Adjunct Faculty Member, The Takshashila Institution, 2014-present. Course taught: Violent Non-State Actors.
- Lecturer, The Catholic University of America (graduate), 2015. Course taught: Violent Non-State Actors.
- Lecturer, The Catholic University of America (upper-level undergraduate), 2012. Course taught: Al-Qaeda and Its Affiliates.

Selected Speaking Experience in 2018 and 2019 (see resume for more):
- “Violent Non-State Actors as Deadly Early Adopters,” Canadian Department of National Defence, Ottawa, September 18, 2019.
- “Future Global Trends and Asymmetric Warfare,” keynote speech, Changing Nature of Conflicts Workshop, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Casablanca, Morocco, June 18, 2019.
- “CT Challenges: What’s Going Well, What’s Not Going Well,” Beyond Christchurch and the Caliphate: Terrorism’s Futures, conference hosted by the Australian Government & Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, June 5, 2019.
- “Current and Emerging Technologies,” keynote speech, 2019 Sovereign Challenge Program Annual Conference, U.S. Special Operations Command, Pittsburgh, Pa., May 1, 2019.
- “The Violent Non-State Actor Technology Adoption Curve,” T2 Conference on Technology and the Future of Terror, sponsored by Georgia State University and Sam Nunn School at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga., April 11, 2019.
- “Artificial Intelligence and Asymmetric Warfare,” Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., February 7, 2019.
- “The Current Threat to Civil Aviation,” keynote address, Airport IT & Security 2018 conference, Amsterdam, Dec. 4, 2018.
- “#Extremism: Social Media, Recruitment, Radicalization and Counternarratives,” Partnering in Practice: Preventing Social Polarizations conference, Edmonton, Alberta, December 1, 2018.
- “The Past, Present and Future of al-Qaeda,” Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C., September 20, 2018.
- “Islamic State’s Virtual Planners Model,” The Jamestown Foundation, Washington, D.C., June 6, 2018.
- Panelist on Academic Panel, Defense Combating Terrorism Intelligence Conference, Reston, Va., May 15, 2018.
- “Artificial Intelligence and Asymmetric Warfare,” presentation at NESA-AFRICOM Senior Leaders Dialogue, Tunis, Tunisia, May 2, 2018.
- “Technology Tsunami,” U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Young Lions Program, Fort Bragg, N.C., February 7, 2018.
- “Evolving Terror: The Development of Jihadist Operations Targeting Western Interests in Africa,” Defence Engagement Program, Canadian Department of National Defence, Ottawa, Jan. 29, 2018.
- “The World and I: How Global Events Can Shape the Threats You Confront Locally,” keynote speech, Counter Terrorism Symposium, Miami International Airport Auditorium, Miami, Fla., Jan. 23, 2018.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has also given a plethora of legislative testimonies in front of a wide array of U.S. Senate and House Committees.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: On sixteen occasions.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: National security, international security, asymmetric warfare, violent non-state actors, terrorism, jihadism, militant groups, asylum, extremism, radicalization, ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, border security.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50 % (this includes criminal cases in which Dr. Gartenstein-Ross was retained by the prosecution)
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50 % (this includes asylum cases in which the asylee is considered the defendant)
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: On zero occasions.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: N.A.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: On ten occasions.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: On four occasions.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: For eleven years.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, expert witness, litigation support, site inspections.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Information provided upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Information provided upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Information provided upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Information provided upon request.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Information provided upon request.

References

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Daveed Gartenstein Ross discusses Istanbul airport attack CCTV america's Asieh Namdar spoke to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defene of Democracies about Istanbul airport attack.
USC CREATE: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on "Bin Laden's Legacy" The USC National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) presents Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and his lecture "Bin Laden's Legacy." The presentation, part of USC CREATE's Distinguished Speaker Series, was held at the University of S
Husain Haqqani and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross- The Middle East Then and Now Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador, and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discussed the problems facing Pakistan and the Middle East Monday, August 17 in the Amphitheater. Both men agreed that t