Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Brigadier General (Retired) Russell D. Howard

Adjunct Professor

Brigadier General (retired) Russell D. Howard has recently returned as Director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program. He is President of Howard's Global Solutions, and an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at Joint Special Operations University, Senior Mentor for Development Alternatives Incorporated, Senior Advisor for the Singapore Home Team Academy, and on the Board of Advisers for Laser Shot Incorporated. Previously, General Howard was the Director of the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the Fletcher School, and Head of the Department of Social Sciences and the Founding Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Prior to going to West Point, General Howard was an Army Chief of Staff Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington. Other assignments include Assistant to the Special Representative to the Secretary General during UNOSOM II in Somalia, Deputy Chief of Staff for I Corps, and Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander for the Combined Joint Task Force, Haiti/Haitian Advisory Group.


Special Operations
Terrorist-Trafficking Nexus
Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Africa


General Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts degree in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.

Course List

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NPTG 8535 - Wks: Cultural Intelligence      

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a growing field of study that has the potential to fill a void in cultural acumen for security and policy specialists. CQ predicts a person’s ability to operate successfully in cross-cultural situations, and measure ability to identify cultural patterns and appropriately adjust behavior in unfamiliar cultural situations. Those who plan to interact, collaborate, and work with international counterparts throughout the world will benefit from the CQ workshop which emphasizes cross-cultural adaptability, judgment and decision-making, negotiation, and strategic leadership. Furthermore, workshop attendees will become familiar with the cultural differences of world's most prevalent "ten culture clusters." For an additional fee (between $45 and $65) workshop attendees will be able to have their personal CQ accessed and be informed on how to improve their CQ. The assessment is NOT a prerequisite for the workshop. Those who register for the workshop will have the opportunity to be assessed prior to the workshop start date.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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NPTG 8601 - SemCounteringDomestcUSTerrrism      

Course Title: Seminar: Domestic Terrorism in the U.S.

Instructor: BG Russell Howard, USA (ret.)

This seminar combines both theoretical tools and practical analysis via a comprehensive study of “homegrown” terrorist threats within the United States. The course is divided into three sections culminating in a final “capstone” project. Section One will introduce the course by briefly summarizing the threat of “homegrown” extremist groups from across the political and ideological spectrum while briefly touching on “imported” extremist groups. This section also will also cover past and current domestic counterterrorism strategies through the use of case studies and other analytical products. Section Two will review current U.S. domestic terrorism laws, policies, and structures, the role of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and the “interagency process”. Section Three will present how various analytical tools such as risk analysis, imagery and network analysis along with the intelligence cycle are used in counterterrorism operations in an effort to provide the students with the necessary skill set to complete their final “capstone” project. Finally, for their Capstone Project, “analytical teams” of 3-4 students will integrate everything they have learned throughout the course and conduct a “deep dive” analysis of a domestic terrorist group.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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NPTG 8610 - Seminar: Counterterrorism      

September 11, 2001 changed the way Americans view their security forever. Terrorism is no longer “someone else’s” problem. Now Americans are traumatically aware of how vulnerable they are to terrorism and terrorists. Given the events of the last decade and the ongoing campaign against global terrorism, it is imperative that citizens and their leaders understand and make sense of the threat, as well as conceptualize how terrorism might best be challenged and terrorists defeated. The “Counter-terrorism Seminar” is designed to address the challenges of terrorism in the current and future global security environment in a participatory format. Specifically, the seminar briefly reviews the threat terrorism poses to liberal democratic states, citizens and policymakers, then explores how liberal democracies can best predict, prevent, preempt and, if necessary, directly combat terrorism and terrorists. Five themes provide the course framework: Challenges to a Free Society, Strategies for Combating Terrorism, Eclectic (new) approaches to Countering Terrorism, Winning the (so called) War on Terrorism, and Counterterrorism in the post-bin Laden Security Environment. Also, controversial topics such as covert action, rendition, targeted killings, enhanced interrogation (torture), are discussed with particular emphasis on the legality of these and other counter-terror measures. The seminar culminates with a look into the future by discussing the challenges of the post-bin Laden terrorist threat and strategizing means to mitigate the threat.

Fall 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2015 - MIIS

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NPTG 8646 - Terror & CT in Africa      

The Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Africa Seminar will address increased terrorist activity in Africa, and familiarize students with known terrorist organizations throughout the continent such as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al Shabaab, the Lords Revolutionary Army (LRA), Boka Haram, the Libyan Armed Fighters Group, and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) among others. Seminar participants will evaluate U.S. and international counterterrorism policy and operations in Africa. Based on their evaluation, students will be asked to suggest unilateral, multilateral, “alternative” and mutually supporting policies and operations to address terrorist activity in Africa. In an effort to best apply “theory to practice,” seminar participants will learn how to prepare and apply African related terrorist group profiles and terrorist threat matrices as part of a group exercise and culminating presentation.

Spring 2015 - MIIS, Spring 2016 - MIIS

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NPTG 8657 - Sem: Homeland Security      

The Homeland Security Seminar is taught in three sections.

Section One examines natural and man-made threats, including terrorist threats, to the United States. It is vital that the origins, forms and potential consequences of threats to the nation be understood before effective policies to thwart them can be developed and implemented.

Section Two examines homeland security from the political and coordination perspectives. Homeland security policy, planning and operations require information sharing, communication and coordination at local, state, federal and international levels of governance; difficult undertakings in a democracy. Also, effective homeland security policy must balance the need for public security with the protection of civil liberties. Therefore, the Patriot Act is covered in detail in Section Two.

Section Three suggests policies to counter threats -- particularly terrorist threats -- to the United States. In Section Three the six critical mission components of the National Homeland Security Strategy are analyzed and critiqued in detail with a view to suggesting more effective national policies.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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