CISAC’s Crenshaw gets $500,000 grant to study terror groups; U.S. Senate confirms McNutt
MARTHA CRENSHAW, a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, is getting $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to identify patterns in the evolution of terrorist organizations and to analyze their comparative development. The three-year grant is part of the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative, which focuses on research related to national security policy.Crenshaw’s project, “Mapping Terrorist Organizations,” will analyze terrorist groups and trace their relationships over time. It will be the first worldwide, comprehensive study of its kind – spanning from the Russian revolutionary movement to al-Qaida . . . MARCIA MCNUTT, professor of geophysics, who was nominated in June by President Barack Obama to be the director of the U.S. Geological Survey and Science Adviser to the Secretary of the Interior, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate October 21.