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Javed Ali

Towsley Policymaker in Residence
Ali is a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, with over 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, D.C. He served in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he also held senior positions on joint duty assignments at the National Intelligence Council, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the National Security Council.
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Ali speaks about new wave domestic terrorism and social media

Mar 24, 2021 WLNS
According to Javed Ali, the "new wave" of domestic terrorism is complicated by the increased use of social media, and the inability to prosecute even when it's used to instigate action. "The line between what’s constitutionally protected versus what...
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Barr discusses "The COVID Economy" in podcast

Feb 28, 2021 Burn Bag
Barr discuss the challenges of rebuilding the global economy post-COVID-19, attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, the Robinhood debacle and securities regulation, repeating mistakes from the 2007/08 financial crisis, the risks...
News

Ali on white nationalist violence and the Capitol siege

Feb 11, 2021
As the nation watched the prosecution in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump lay out a timeline for the causes and actual insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, Ford School Towsley Policymaker-in-Residence Javed Ali has been commenting on many...
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Ali on combating online extremism

Jan 27, 2021 The Cipher Brief
In the aftermath of the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6th, Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence Javed Ali suggests a number of policy changes related to tracking violent extremist content online, including, "greater emphasis on...
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Ali questions why January 6 Capitol riot didn't turn more violent

Jan 23, 2021 Business Insider
"Was it because they couldn't find members of Congress and the vice president? Was it because law enforcement thankfully prevented them from doing it? Was it because they had a change of heart at some point in the middle of their time in the...
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Ali calls for the split of NSA and Cybercom

Dec 24, 2020 Defense One
In an essay in Defense One, Javed Ali and co-author Adam Maruyama argue that the next step in improving the U.S. national focus on cybersecurity should be acting on a long-debated proposal to split the job of leading the NSA and Cybercom.  "From...
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Splitting NSA and Cybercom makes sense, even in a crisis, says Ali

Dec 21, 2020
Javed Ali tells the Washington Post that the fact that the government is grappling with a major series of cyber intrusions should not be an impediment to splitting the NSA and Cybercom. “Splitting the responsibilities allows NSA to assume the role...
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Ali calls for increased sanctions to prevent aggressive cyber-attacks

Dec 18, 2020 Mother Jones
If the hacks can be tied back to Moscow, they are just the latest in a string of significant and aggressive cyber operations perpetrated by elements of the Russian government against local, state, and federal governments and corporate entities. “We...
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Ali says cyber-attacks show US vulnerabilities

Dec 17, 2020 ABC News
"It raises serious questions about the level of US defensive measures against cyber-attacks, as the vulnerabilities exploited in this latest attack crossed over into both private industry cyber tools and federal ones--neither of which were able to...
State & Hill

Faculty News fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
Javed Ali organized a panel for New America on domestic terrorism. His new podcast, The Burn Bag, produced with two Ford School alumni, A'ndre Gonawela (BA ‘19) and Ryan Rosenthal (BA ‘19), has featured U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, General David...
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Ali concerned about Iran's Quds force retaliatory strike

Dec 9, 2020 The Hill
"Beyond the operations in the Middle East, there is the potential for the Quds Force to consider attacks against U.S. or Israeli targets in other parts of the world," Ali writes. "As history has shown with Iran, any action the supreme leader takes...
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Questioning election validity makes the U.S. vulnerable, says Ali

Nov 17, 2020 CNN
"It's one thing to try to prevent foreign adversaries from engaging in disinformation and misinformation campaigns to influence the elections," Ali said. "When you have the President and his advisers pushing those messages literally from inside the...
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Ali: Acting defense secretary Miller is not a political operative

Nov 9, 2020 Washington Post
Javed Ali, who preceded Miller as senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, said that Miller is “not a political operative.”  “He’s got years of experience in the military and then the national security policy arena...
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Contesting 2020 Election, recounts won't change the result, says Ali

Nov 8, 2020 9&10 News
“President Trump again is just trying to cast doubt on the veracity of these results and leaving it open perhaps in his mind that somehow that there’s an ability to contest these results, ” said Ali. “Even if these results swing the other direction...
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Ali: Boogaloo movement is a serious threat

Nov 2, 2020 Sky news
"There's no leader, no defined cells or organizational structure but I think this is a serious threat. The challenge is identifying those on that path to violence rather than those just exercising their first and second amendment rights. It's when...
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'The Base' has features of an international terrorism group, says Ali

Nov 2, 2020 The National
“The Base [a Michigan-based paramilitary group] seems to have more of the features of groups that you would see on the international terrorism side,” said Ali. “They’re not posting on the internet with tongue-in-cheek kind of memes and hinting at...
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Despite arrest of leader of white supremacist group, Ali says more needs to be done

Oct 30, 2020 Feds arrest leader of white supremacy group who ran 'hate camp' in Michigan
“This case is very serious and it’s indicative of the threat, not only from this particular group, but the broader one (from domestic terrorists.) We’re not going to see the last of these,” Ford school Towsley Policymaker in Residence Javed Ali told...