Critical Incident Analysis Group - CIAG
CIAG in the Media
How CIAG was involved in the "Captain Phillips" Saga.
CIAG was featured in a video by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
January 29, 2013
CIAG Anthrax Panel Members present on Psychological Perspectives of
Hosted by the Embassy of Italy
Leaders and Terrorist: Psychological Perspectives on National
PART 1: The Terrorist
January, 29th 2013
Auditorium, 3000 Whitehaven St., NW Washington, DC 20008
October 17, 2012
October 5, 2012Psychiatrist Details Talks With Suspect in Bomb Plot
NYT describes report of Dr. Saathoff on his forensic assessment of M. Arbabsiar, accused of conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
March 25, 2012
Panel to Discuss Critical Incidents
Public Panel Session in Rotunda Dome Room, March 25 at 1pm
March 22, 2012
Panel Reviews 2001 Attacks
The Cavalier Daily
March 12, 2012
How to Collaborate Effectively with Lawyers During a Crisis
Eric Stern, Gregory Saathoff, and Brad Kieserman
Emergency Mgmt. Magazine
December 7, 2011
U.Va. CIAG Panel Reflects on Pearl Harbor Attacks
December 2, 2011
Pearl Harbor Day CIAG Panel Puts Attacks into Perspective
Diversion and Misdirection
CIAG Co-Chairman Eric Stern comments on the recent attacks in Oslo
Emergency Mgmt. Magazine
CIAG Executive Director Greg Saathoff Interviewed on Prison
June 15, 2011
CIAG Hosts Deputy Director of National Intelligence
UVA School of Medicine
April 4, 2011
UVA's CIAG Holds Security Talks
April 3, 2011
Deputy Director of National Intelligence Speaks at UVa
April 3, 2011
Army Misses Warning Signs About Alleged Anthrax Mailer
Vol. 332 No. 6025, pg. 27
April 1, 2011
Bin Laden Interviewer to Speak at UVa
The Daily Progress
March 30, 2011
Panel on Anthrax Inquiry Finds Case Against Ivins
The New York Times
March 23, 2011
Records Point to Doctor in Anthrax Attack, Report Says
March 23, 2011
CIAG studies past critical incidents to understand their impacts on government and society and develops strategies to mitigate their devastating effects.
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CIAG Executive Director Gregory Saathoff M.D. was invited to the University of Oxford's Harris Manchester College to participate in a conference entitled “Going to Extremes” sponsored by the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict. During the conference Dr. Saathoff gave a keynote presentation relating to threat management, radicalization, and recruitment into terrorist groups.
New Staff Members:
The Critical Incident Analysis Group is happy to announce it has hired four new federal work study students from the University of Virginia as staff members: Raymond Casey Burke, Cameron Haddad, Maihan Far Alam, and Abbigail Dobbertin. Raymond is currently a third year at the University pursuing a double major in English and Cognitive Science. Cameron is a current first year interested in pursuing a degree in Public Policy. Maihan is a current second year pursuing a degree in Foreign Affairs. Finally, Abbiagil is a current graduate student at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy. CIAG is very excited to have these new members and we look forward to another successful year.
The Power of Prevention: Threat Management Strategies to Disrupt Targeted Shooters cosponsored with the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group and Research Strategies Network. The two-day conference, entitled “ The Power of Prevention: Threat Management Strategies to Disrupt Targeted Shooters” held at the University of Virginia was comprised of an international group of governmental, private sector, and academic leaders.
New Project Director
Javier Badillo has been named as the new Project Director for the Critical Incident Analysis Group. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Javier is a current fourth year at the University of Virginia pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and a minor in Sociology. Javier has previously served as a District Intern for Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Tampa, Florida and has previously worked with CIAG since the fall of 2014 formerly serving as a staff member. This summer Javier will oversee the coordination and execution of CIAG’s major conference: The Power of Prevention: Threat Management Strategies to Disrupt Targeted Shooters.
What can young millennials learn from the “Greatest Generation:”
CIAG is excited to announce its collaboration with ParadeRest on a project that explores community resilience and critical incident analysis though the eyes of WWII Veterans. The project, titled “Nickel for your Story,” is an effort to record the stories of all United States military veterans, starting with those from WWII, to preserve these invaluable accounts for future generations
Student interns will record the stories of local veterans in exchange for a WWII era, silver Jefferson nickel; the very coins carried in the pockets and purses of these men and women so long ago. Each account will be submitted to the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project. We're grateful for the recent media attention of the project, which was featured in Stars and Stripes, UVA Today, the Cavalier Daily, the Daily Progress, and on NBC29 News.
CIAG Executive Director and Chairman of the Steering Committee Travel to Europe for Athena Consortium
Greg Saathoff M.D., and Chris Holstege M.D. will travel to Europe this winter to contribute expertise to the Athena Project. This meeting of partner organizations will discuss and plan for the progress of the program. The Athena Project is an innovative European Union funded initiative pioneering smarter communications for critical incident. Among the partners included in this international collaboration are the University of Virginia and Harvard University.
CIAG Executive Director, Greg Saathoff M.D., Edits New Publication on Big Data
CIAG Executive Director, Greg Saathoff served as an editor and contributor for the upcoming book, Application of Big Data for National Security: A Practitioner's Guide to Emerging Technologies. The book will be released in early 2015. While not yet available, the book is available for pre-order from Amazon using the following link:
Data Driven Security Strategies Across the World
RSN board members met with academic and private security colleagues in the United Kingdom on July 9th 2014. In collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) and SAP, RSN participated in the Future of Policing event. Billed as the essential event for law enforcement professionals the event took place at the SAP Innovation Center. The event featured speakers who are the key influential thinkers and opinion shapers from the worlds of policing and security, both in the UK and USA. Topics of discussion included the future challenges facing the police in today's digitally connected society.
For more information on the event, visit http://www.news-sap.com/sap-police-leaders-explore-data-driven-security-strategies-urbanizing-world/
Research in Targeted Violence
Christine Standahl McClain, a fourth year student in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia, will join the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) team for a research elective relating to the phenomenon of targeted and mass violence. For her work, Ms. Standahl McClain will review publicly available source material that relates directly to recent cases of targeted violence.
20 June 2014:
Lessons from the AnthraxAttacks
Law enforcement leadership, represented by the United States Capitol Police, provided Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) colleagues and Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel (EBAP) members a briefing of the events surrounding the response to the Anthrax mailing attacks of October 2001.
20 June 2014:
Anthrax and Insider Threat
Colleagues within the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) joined with members of the Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel (EBAP) in a briefing hosted by the American National Red Cross at their Disaster Operations Center. Panel members from Duke, Harvard, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Rochester, University of Virginia, and the American Red Cross briefed governmental and law enforcement colleagues on their panel's findings and recommendations.
18 June 2014:
ACC Threat Assessment Conference
The CIAG participated in the FBI Threat Assessment at the Atlantic Coast Conference University Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response Conference held at the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Hall on June 17th, 2014. Andre Simons was the main speaker and was recently featured in the October 2014 issue of Esquire in an article by Tom Junod, which is titled “A Radical New Look at Mass Shooters. Why They do it and How to Stop Them”.
17 June 2014:
Faculty Governance and Disaster Response
Christopher Holstege, MD, who chaired the Faculty Senate from 2013-2014, joined senate colleague Gweneth West and 2014-2015 Chairman of the General Faculty Council, Gregory Saathoff, MD, in briefing university leaders in disaster response and the role of faculty in designing university-related response planning.
Katrina Johnson was named Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) intern for the summer of 2014. Katrina is a rising second year student at the University of Virginia, and was selected in April to conduct research specific to the work of CIAG. In the context of her duties, Ms. Johnson will assist the group in preparing for upcoming bioterrorism-related briefings at the US Capitol.
Newly designed, Award Winning Charlottesville Fire Station Prepares for New Era in Fire Safety and Disaster Response
The Charlottesville Fontaine Avenue Station and Training Center officially won the national award for the best fire station architectural design in 2011. Operations are planned to begin on January 6th 2014 and will be the first new fire station in Charlottesville in more than half a century. Click here for more information:
Professor Akhgar, Chief Werner, Andrew Staniforth
Professor Akhgar, who serves as the Executive Director of CENTRIC in addition to his duties at Sheffield Hallam University, and Andrew Staniforth, Senior Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member of CENTRIC, met with Charles Werner to discuss shared objectives in facilitating information technology for use in planning for and responding to critical incidents.
Click here for more background on Chief Charles Werner relating to his commitment to disaster response and its relationship to emerging information technology.
The Emergence of Molly
CIAG Steering Committee Chair Chris Holstege, M.D. in his role as UVA Chief of Toxicology and Director of UVA Student Health discusses the dangers of emergent use of "Molly" as a drug of abuse.
Dr. Holstege has expanded his administrative responsibilities in 2013. In addition to his leadership as the Chief of Medical Toxicology and his Professorship within the Department's of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics, he has also assumed the Executive Director role of the University of Virginia's Student Health.
CIAG Executive Director Named to Advisory Board of UK Centre
Gregory Saathoff MD has been named to the Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organized Crime Research.
CENTRIC is a multi-disciplinary and end-user focused research network, located within the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University. The global reach of the CENTRIC network now links both academic and professional expertise across a range of disciplines providing unique opportunities to progress ground-breaking research.
Similar to CIAG and modeled after the University of Virginia program, the strategic aim of CENTRIC is to facilitate communication and creative solutions within the four key stakeholders in the security domain; Government, Academia, Public, and Private industry
The mission of CENTRIC is to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public to focus on applied research in the Security domain.
CIAG wishes to thank Research Strategies Network (RSN) for their continued support of CIAG programs. More information on the Research Strategies Network can be found at: Research Strategies Network.
Critical Incident - an event that has the potential for causing social trauma and undermining social trust, creating fear that may have impact on community life and even on the practice of democracy.
Recent Events at CIAG
25-27 March 2012
Rouss Hall, University of Virginia
Participants include Steve Tidwell (FBI Acad.), Shaun Casey (Wesley Theol. Seminary), and Simeon Yates (Sheffield-Hallam Univ., UK)
7 December 2011
McLeod Hall, University of Virginia
Participants include Lt. Gen. Joseph Inge (ret.) and Col. Fred Borch
3-5 April 2011
Participants include Deputy Director of National Intelligence, John Miller
17 March 2011
Rouss Hall, University of Virginia
Participants include Executive Director Greg Saathoff MD and Chief Counsel of FEMA Brad Kieserman
10 March 2011
American Red Cross - National Headquarters
"Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies"
Panelists include Executive Director Greg Saathoff MD
21-23 March 2010
7 December 2009
Rotunda North Plaza
29-31 March 2009
Resolving Hostage Crises:
Lessons from Colombia
On the Grounds of the University of Virginia