Barnett S. Koven

Training Director, Near-peer Competition Lead Researcher, and Counterterrorism Lead Researcher at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)


Barnett Koven is also the Founder and CEO of BSK Consulting, L.L.C., a boutique consultancy specializing in practitioner education and mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) research in support of national security practitioners and policy-makers. In addition, Koven is a Professorial Lecturer in Political Science & International Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU), an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the UMD, a Faculty Affiliate at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the UMD, an Adjunct Faculty Member at Joint Special Operations University, an Adjunct Presenter at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, a Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, a Fellow at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University, a Principal Policy Analyst at Alion Science and Technology Corporation, and a Quantitative Social Scientist at Performance Systems, LLC. Koven has experience teaching at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and for the Diplomatic Security Service. Beyond academia, Koven is the Vice President and Director of Events at the Godparents of the Children of Instituto Mundo Libre, a non-profit organization providing safe housing, rehabilitation and vocational training to homeless children in Peru. He received his Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from the GWU. Koven is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Koven focuses on issues pertaining to counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, near-peer competition, unconventional warfare, resistance, security cooperation, transnational organized crime, post-conflict reconstruction, and the material and non-material sources of military power.