James Forest is Professor and Director of Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Visiting Professor at The Fletcher School. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he contributes to the research and educational needs of U.S. special operations forces. He has taught courses on terrorism, counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, security studies, and other topics to a broad range of academic, military, law enforcement, and other professional audiences in several countries. Previously, Forest served nine years on the faculty of the United States Military Academy (2001-2010), six of them as the Director of Terrorism Studies in the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Forest has published fourteen books and dozens of journal articles, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and testified before members of Congress. He received his graduate degrees from Stanford University and Boston College, and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University and De Anza College.