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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.
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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).
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
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)
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.