About the Research Strategies Network
RSN Mission Statement
Drawing together leading experts from across multiple disciplines to analyze specific critical incidents and threats in order to discern systemic weaknesses and develop timely responses necessary for our nation to survive and thrive in an increasingly hostile world.
Established as a non-profit, charitable, 501(c)3-certified professional services organization, the Research Strategies Network (RSN) provides advice, performs research, and develops solutions for operational and policy challenges facing a full range of public and private sector partners whose missions support the national security of the United States and its allies.
RSN focuses on Resilience, Public Service, and National Security.
RSN exists as a research and educational organization, focusing on issues in national security, international affairs, counter-terrorism, and public safety. The Network is focused on improving governments’ and the public’s understanding of and response to critical incidents and crises, as well as governments’ and the public’s capacities to anticipate, prevent, and manage these incidents effectively. The service component includes development of strategies to support first responders, wounded warriors, veterans, and their families within the community.
The existing threat of terrorism, for example, frequently involves organizations with boundaries limited to ideals which motivate its participants toward destructive acts against innocent civilians. Such threats must be examined with candor, by a range of professionals including experts who are actively encountering the threats.
The Network is multi-disciplinary in nature, comprising itself of experts from academe, the media, government, military, law enforcement, industry, and the behavioral and medical sciences. RSN is nonpartisan and includes an international focus, which allows it to analyze crises through candid and multiple perspectives, using tactics of rigorous debate and honesty. With a goal towards shedding light rather than producing heat, RSN supports the analysis of such crises through methodologies adopted from leading scholars and practitioners on an international platform.
RSN, therefore, is an interdisciplinary applied research and advisory body that combines the abilities of sciences and the humanities to understand and serve the population as a whole.
RSN’s mission is to develop methods to improve government and public efforts to prevent and manage these critical incidents, crises, and threats, and to develop infrastructures contributing to and maintaining peace and security against the continuing threat of terrorism. RSN’s primary mission is to support the work of CIAG, described below.
From 2009-2011, RSN convened the Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel (EBAP) which examined the FBI’s Amerithrax Case, the largest bioterrorism investigation in U.S. history. On July 26, 2009, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an Order authorizing the creation of an Independent Panel of experts to review and examine the sealed materials related to the investigation of the anthrax attacks of 2001 as they relate to Dr. Bruce Edwards Ivins (“the Amerithrax Case”) case from several perspectives.
Chief Judge Lamberth authorized the Panel with “examining the mental health issues of Dr. Bruce Ivins and what lessons can be learned from that analysis that may be useful in preventing future bioterrorism attacks.”
In its 285-page document, the Panel analyzed the available investigative records including mental health records that had been secured through court order of Judge Lamberth. The Panel did not attempt to apply or derive a bioterrorist profile. No Panel member subscribes to the idea that a bioterrorist profile exists and the concept is not mentioned in the Report.
RSN published a redacted version of the report in March 2011.
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RSN is proud of its ParadeRest program, which is now in its third year. For more information on ParadeRest, and to sign up, please visit www.paraderestva.org
About the CIAG
Located within the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) was developed as a resource for the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. It continues in that role, and is an international, interdisciplinary and inter-professional group of scholars and practitioners who work in a bipartisan way to understand the impact of “critical incidents” on people, communities and social structures. CIAG brings together physicians, social scientists, medical researchers, law enforcement specialists, policy makers, diplomats, philosophers, military leaders, historians, journalists, writers — and a host of others who have expertise and experience in dealing with critical incidents. CIAG is thus an interdisciplinary applied research and advisory body that combines the abilities of science and the humanities to understand and to serve. http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/ciag