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Ten Years on - The Evolution of the Terrorist Threat Since 9/11

June 22, 2011

Chairman Thornberry, Ranking Member Langevin and other members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today.

My testimony will attempt to answer three questions:

What does today’s threat look like? How has the threat changed? And, what do we do about it?

1. Today’s threat

Terrorist Safe Havens After Bin Laden: An Assessment

June 3, 2011

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Keating, distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today.

Threats to the American Homeland: An Assessment

May 25, 2011

Chairman King, Ranking Member Thompson, distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity today to testify today about threats to the American homeland after the death of Osama bin Laden.

Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Other Extremist Groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan

May 24, 2011

Senator Kerry, Senator Lugar and other members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today.

My testimony will attempt to answer nine questions:

1. Why should the United States continue to fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan almost a decade after 9/11 and now that Osama bin Laden is dead?

2. Is progress being made in Afghanistan, both generally and against the Taliban?

3. What effect might the killing of bin Laden have on near- and long-term U.S. global security interests, and on core al-Qaeda’s goals and capabilities?

The Evolving Nature of Terrorism Nine Years after the 9/11 Attacks

September 15, 2010

My testimony will consider four broad questions: A. What kind of the threat does al-Qaeda and its allies now pose to the United States? B. Who are the American recruits to these groups over the past couple of years? C. What kinds of targets are these groups likely to attack in the future, and what kinds of new tactics might they use? D. What factors are helping or hindering these group

The Paradoxes of Al Qaeda

January 27, 2010

Chairman Skelton, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify about Al Qaeda’s evolving strengths and weaknesses and what implications they might hold for American policy.

Reassessing the Evolving al Qaeda Threat to the Homeland

November 19, 2009

Chairwoman Harman, committee members, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My testimony aims to address the evolving threat from al Qaeda to the homeland, to include the threat from al Qaeda itself, groups affiliated or allied to al Qaeda, and those "homegrown" militants influenced by al Qaeda ideas who have no connections to any formal jihadist group. This testimony does not aim to be exhaustive but to cover the most serious cases of recent years and to provide some overall threat assessment.

U.S. Interests and Policy Choices in Afghanistan

October 13, 2009

The United States has two compelling interests at issue in the Afghan conflict. One is the ongoing, increasingly successful but incomplete effort to reduce the threat posed by Al Qaeda and related jihadi groups, and to finally eliminate the Al Qaeda leadership that carried out the 9/11 attacks. The second is the pursuit of a South and Central Asian region that is at least stable enough to ensure that Pakistan does not fail completely as a state or fall into the hands of Islamic extremists.

Confronting al Qaeda: Understanding the Threat in Afghanistan and Beyond

October 7, 2009

Senator Kerry, Senator Lugar and other members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today.