National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
William Braniff is the director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism and a professor of the practice at the University of Maryland. He has previously served as the director of practitioner education at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and an instructor in the academy’s Department of Social Sciences, as a foreign affairs specialist within the National Nuclear Security Administration and as an armor officer in the United States Army. Braniff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study.
On Christmas Day 2020, an RV parked outside of an AT&T transmission center exploded in a suicidal and conspiracy-fueled act of targeted violence, damaging over 40 buildings and injuring at least eight local residents. The bombing and the second-order impacts led to cell service disruptions in at least three states, as well as internet disruptions.
In this session, practitioners and researchers will discuss the specifics of the high-explosive attack, contextualize the Nashville bombing with Global Terrorism Database data on the use of explosives in terrorism attacks historically and discuss the broader resilience-related implications of an explosive device when used against critical infrastructure in residential and business districts.