Jeffrey B. Cozzens - President

Jeffrey B. Cozzens is President of White Mountain Research LLC (WMR).  Prior to joining WMR Mr. Cozzens served as Religious Extremism Advisor at the Army Directed Studies Office (ADSO), an alternative analysis center that advises senior military officials. Mr. Cozzens spearheaded research on militant Islamism for ADSO, receiving a commendation for his efforts following the 2009 Ft. Hood attack.  A former Research Associate at the University of St Andrews' Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, U.S. government 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 is 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 Terrorism, Joint 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 the primary metric for evaluating the enemy’s conceptualization of victory in Afghanistan.  His most recent works include Foreign Fighters: Trends, Trajectories & Conflict Zones, co-authored with Magnus Ranstorp and Frank Cilluffo (Washington, DC: George Washington University, 2010), and a book chapter (co-authored with Ranstorp), "The Enduring al-Qa’ida Threat: A Network Perspective," in Jackson and Sinclair (eds), Contemporary Debates in Terrorism (London: Routledge, 2011).

Mr. Cozzens has addressed numerous transatlantic audiences as an instructor and lecturer.

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). He is Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security and a board member at Daniel Webster College’s Homeland Security Studies Program.


Non-state terrorist threats to international security; research & analysis of Islamist trends, including strategic and operational dimensions of jihadi activism in North America, Europe and the Greater Middle East; ideological and social currents within jihadi activism, especially in Western contexts; radicalization into violent extremism and counter-radicalization.

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