Domestic Terrorism: The Lone Wolf Threat

Domestic Terrorism: The Lone Wolf Threat

This informative and interactive workshop will explore one of the greatest domestic terrorism threats within the United States: Lone Actor Terrorism. A "lone wolf"  is someone who prepares and commits violent acts alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group. This homegrown terror threat has created challenges for US law enforcement, as lone wolves may be inspired online, yet do not communicate via email or cell phone with foreign terrorist organizations, the type of communication that can intercepted by the US intelligence community. While lone wolves can usually "fly under the radar", it is important to understand the psychology of a lone wolf actor and explore potential means of identification. This workshop will also provide an open discussion with a panel of experts regarding how communities, businesses, churches, schools and law enforcement agencies can engage to prevent lone wolf attacks in the future.   

Friday, November 10

10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Free

Homeland Security Training Center (HTC)


Speakers include:

Dr. Jennifer Hesterman - Dr. Jennifer Hesterman (Colonel, USAF, retired) is an academic author, instructor and counterterrorism expert specializing in fighting domestic terror, transnational crime and the exploitation of the Internet by terrorists and criminals for financing, recruitment and clandestine communication. She is a cleared professional and one of just a handful of experts in the world on the terror-crime nexus. Dr. Hesterman's book, "Soft Target Hardening," earned Book of the Year by ASIS in 2014.

Dr. Nancy Zarse - Dr. Nancy Zarse is a forensic psychologist and full professor in the Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is lead faculty for Violence & Risk Assessment, Hostage Negotiation, Psychology of Law Enforcement, Psychology of Terrorism, and the Evaluation & Treatment of the Adult Offender. Dr. Zarse developed a class on Israel, focusing on terrorism, trauma, and resilience, culminating in a 10-day study abroad trip, which she has led for 7 years. Dr. Zarse is a member of the FBI's TLOC (law enforcement counterterrorism). She was appointed Sector Chief of Academia for the FBI's InfaGard (private sector counterterrorism). Dr. Zarse is a consultant to the FBI's Countering Violent Extremism section, with Secret Clearance.

Participants can attend the event live at the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn, IL at the Homeland Security Education Center or view the webinar on-line.  Comments and questions can be emailed in during the broadcast.

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Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn IL 60137

(630) 942-2183

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