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... Jennifer L. Hesterman, has a solid professional career as a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with multiple unit commands, including leadership of an Air Force Base EOC during 9-11... . The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus squarely focuses on the threat posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs) and their increasing levels of interaction and cooperation. ... As a reviewer, I very much enjoyed the chapters of the work on terrorist and criminal traditional financing methods (Ch. 6) and on terrorist and criminal exploitation of E-commerce (Ch. 7). They provided a nice contrast between the old and the new methods of raising, storing, and moving wealth via the illicit (dark) economy. Also, the inclusion of ‘drug cartels’ in the book – and considered by Hesterman distinct from organized criminals – was of great interest ... .
—Book review appearing on e-International Relations, www.e-ir.info/

The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups is the intriguing title of a new book published by CRC Press from an American author. ... To condense the argument of the writer, a former US Air Force colonel; criminals and terrorists use the same technology as the authorities, the good guys - 'sometimes more effectively'. ... Jennifer Hesterman's book like most American works are aimed at North America, but much applies to the UK ... .
—Book review appearing in Professional Security Magazine Online

About the Author

Colonel (Ret.) Jennifer L. Hesterman was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of Air Force ROTC at Penn State University. During her twenty-one-year career, she served three Pentagon tours and commanded multiple units in the field. Her last assignment was Vice Commander, 316th Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, the home of Air Force One. Her decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. Colonel Hesterman is a doctoral candidate at Benedictine University and also holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Air University. In 2003, she was a National Defense Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where she immersed herself in a year-long study of the nexus between organized crime and international terrorism. Her resulting book won the 2004 Air Force research prize and was published by AU Press. She is a cleared professional for the MASY Group, a national security and intelligence firm; contributing editor for The Counter Terrorist magazine; and a guest lecturer for federal and state law enforcement agencies.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466557613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466557611
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jennifer Hesterman is a retired Air Force colonel, counterterrorism expert and cleared professional who currently lives and works in the Middle East. Her latest book is Soft Target Hardening: Protecting People from Attack, available from Amazon on December 12, 2014. The first comprehensive work written on the soft target topic, the author critically examines our psychological vulnerabilities, assesses emergent terror threats, and analyzes specific soft targets such as churches, schools, hospitals, malls, sporting and recreational events. The book also provides hardening tactics and deterrence and mitigation activities gleaned firsthand by Dr. Hesterman from living in global hotspots and participating in military operations. Based on her work as a military planner, the author developed and presents new soft target hardening concepts such as Effects Based Hardening (EBH), a methodology to assist resource constrained organizations in effectively applying their efforts in areas yielding the most risk mitigation.

Terrorist attacks occur daily at civilian-centric venues abroad, instigated by groups that actively threaten the United States such as al Qaeda "main" and splinters, Hezbollah and drug trafficking organizations. Battlefield lines have been redrawn and innocent men, women and children are caught in the crossfire -- this breach of moral boundary is shocking and causes a ripple effect of fear - two primary goals of terrorism fueled by religious and/or political ideology.

Despite escalating criminal violence against places of worship, study and leisure in the U.S., there is hesitation to explore susceptibility to soft target terrorist attacks. This book starts the national dialogue about our vulnerability and ia a "must-read" for those who secure, own and operate soft target facilities - and citizens who want to partner to protect themselves and families from attack. We all deserve to worship, learn, heal, rest and play without fear of attack.


Twitter at https://twitter.com/JenniHesterman

Email at softtargets2014@gmail.com

New homepage forthcoming: www.jennihesterman.org

Podcast with Police Magazine, August 2013:

http://www.policemag.com/podcasts/2013/08/the-terrorist-cartel-nexus.aspx#.UiGk58GIkVw

PROFILE
Exceptional 21 year military career: promoted 5 years ahead of peers, retired Colonel. Final position was Vice Wing Commander, Andrews Air Force Base, MD, home of Air Force One; responsible for installation security, force support and the 1st Helicopter Squadron, escorted POTUS, VPOTUS and other heads of state, regular interface with national press. Three Pentagon tours, Capitol Hill and think tank experience, commanded at multiple levels. Post military work includes full time instruction and department chair for the homeland security program at a major university (2007-2011), and analyst and instructional work in support of various U.S. Government agencies (2007-present).

EXPERTISE
International Terrorist Organizations ♦ Transnational Organized Crime & Threats ♦ Terror Financing ♦ Domestic Terrorism ♦ Threat Nexus ♦ Terrorist and Criminal Exploitation of the Internet ♦ Leader Development for Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Military Communities

CIVILIAN EDUCATION
Doctorate of Higher Education and Organizational Change, Benedictine University, Springfield, IL 2014
Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 2006
National Defense Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC 2003-2004
MS, Military Operational Art/Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 2000
MS, Applied Behavioral Science (emphasis in Organizational Development), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 1995
BS, Geography (emphasis in remote sensing and political geography), Penn State University, University Park, PA 1986

MILITARY EDUCATION: Air War College (year seminar); Air Command Staff College, Squadron Officer School (both in residence)

PUBLICATIONS

Articles:
PG&E Plant Sabotage: First Act of Domestic Terror Against the Grid, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, June, 2014
Transnational Crime and Terror in the Pan-Atlantic, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, April 2014
Red Hackers, the Eagle Union, and Unit 61398, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, February 2014, pages 57-67
Money Laundering in Real Estate, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, December 2013, pages 56-67
The Brothers' Circle: Russian Criminal Network Spans The Globe, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, October 2013, pages 48-55
Hezbollah Advises the Mexican Cartels? The Counter Terrorist Magazine, February 2013, pages 60-66
Los Zetas Cartel Case Study, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, April 2012, pages 20-28
Internal Repression in Syria, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, December 2011, pages 47-56
North Korean Adventures in Unconventional Operations, Cover Story, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, December 2010
Mexican Crime Cartels Cross the Border, Cover Story, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, October 2010, pages 32-44
Cyber Vigilantes: Citizens Hackers Go to War, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, August 2010, pages 60-66
Catch and Release: Terrorist Recidivism, Cover Story, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, April 2010, pages 32-45.
Unsafe Harbor: Nefarious Use of Social Networking Sites, CTO Forum Magazine, India, March, 2010
Hezbollah, Party of God: 2009, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, December 2009, pages 46-53.
China vs. Islam, Cover Story, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, August, 2009, pages 26-41.
Mexican Drug War Spilling Across the Border, Cover Story, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, June, 2009, pages 26-38.
Gangs, Organized Crime, and Terrorist Groups: At the Crossroads, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, February, 2009, pages 28-33.
How Terrorists and Criminals Exploit E-Commerce, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, September, 2008, pages 34-40

Books: "The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups" - Taylor and Francis/CRC Press, April, 2013.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Thirty-two events since 2007 for the FBI, ASIS, SSI, MOCIC, GovSec and local law enforcement. 2013: 6th Annual Wisconsin State Counter Terrorism Conference, April 17, 2013; GovSec East, Washington DC, May 13, 2013, Counter Terrorism/Crime Summit, Durham, NC, June 25, 2013.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy on June 3, 2013
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I found the book to be well researched, informative and accurate. I think it is a must read for anyone that considers themselves knowledgeable on national defense, homeland defense, law enforcement, or emergency management. For the student pursuing a degree in any of the above, this would be an excellent source to build a foundation of knowledge with respect to organized crime, drug cartels, and terror groups. It helps understand their interaction and second and third order effects of their operations.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Investo on August 10, 2013
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While the book contains some good open source info, the author oversensationalizes much of the material and its significance, perhaps to serve her purposes. There are better reads and better authors. Already unloaded this book to another unsuspecting soul.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Coyle on August 11, 2013
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The Terrorist- Criminal Nexus is the authoratative book on the threats posed by terrorists utilizing existing criminal alliances and methodologies to circumvent current security measures utilizied by the DHS. Ms Hesterman's work is well researched, citing clear examples and is of great value to today's counter-terrorist and law enforcement professional
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Dr. Hesterman’s, The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus; An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups should be required reading for all those engaged in Counter/Anti-Terrorism, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Military Operations.

Through Dr. Hesterman’s research she effectively demonstrates a direct correlation between, Drug Trafficking Organizations, terror organizations, (both radical Islamic and US domestic) and Organized Crime, and the roles that these three entities play on each other.

Dr. Hesterman has also managed to put this information in a format and context that is easy to understand for those that may not be trained in Homeland Security Operations and walk away with an idea of what those of us that face this threat everyday are dealing with.
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