Jeffrey B. Cozzens


Jeffrey B. Cozzens

Jeffrey B. Cozzens has for over a decade supported counter-terrorism initiatives for clients in the intelligence, defense and homeland security sectors. Mr. Cozzens is an accomplished writer and briefer, with a primary academic focus on the ideological, social and strategic dimensions of jihadi thought and activism in the West and a secondary focus on the Middle East.

Mr. Cozzens has been a regular contributor to the international security studies literature. His work has appeared as book chapters, short monographs and journal articles in periodicals such as Studies in Conflict and TerrorismJoint Force Quarterly, West Point’s CTC Sentinel, etc. Many of his publications also appear on syllabi at major universities and military and intelligence officer training programs.  His analysis, “Victory—From the Prism of Jihadi Culture” (Joint Force Quarterly, 2009), was recommended in the February 2011 report of the U.S. Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Intelligence, Counterinsurgency (COIN) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations as a primary metric for evaluating the enemy’s conceptualization of victory in Afghanistan.  His most recent works include a June 2013 written U.S. Congressional testimony on irregular warfare since 2001 (co-authored with Rudolph Atallah).

A former Research Associate at University of St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, U.S. State Department counterterrorism analyst and long-time advisor to the federal and commercial sectors, Mr. Cozzens has researched militant Islamism and other violent extremist trends since 1995.

Mr. Cozzens holds undergraduate degrees from Wheaton College (IL) and Michigan State University in political science and religious studies, respectively. He also holds an MLitt. in international security studies from the University of St Andrews, where he subsequently conducted PhD research (ABD) focused on the nexus of jihadi culture and warfare. He is Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security.