Rita Katz, the Director and co-founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, has studied, tracked, and analyzed international terrorists, the global jihadist network and terrorism financing for more than a decade. Ms. Katz has personally briefed government officials in the White House, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security on terrorist financing and recruitment networks.
Ms. Katz is the author of TERRORIST HUNTER: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America.
Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND's Washington, DC Office.
His latest book is titled, The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 To Osama Bin Laden's Death. A revised and updated edition of his acclaimed 1998 book, Inside Terrorism, was also published in May 2006.
Mary Habeck is a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Mary was also appointed to the Council on the Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities by President Bush and served as Special Advisor for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff.
Dr. Habeck’s has authored several articles and books on foreign policy, including Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror and its forthcoming sequel, Attacking America: Al-Qa’ida’s Grand Strategy. You can follow Dr. Habeck on Twitter @MHabeck.
Assaf Moghadam is Associate Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and Director of Academic Affairs at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). Dr. Moghadam, an expert on terrorist suicide missions, has lectured on terrorism issues in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and has also consulted multiple government agencies.
Professor Moghadam is the author of two books, The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks and The Roots of Terrorism. You can follow Dr. Moghadam on Twitter @assafmoghadam.
Jean-Paul Rouiller is the founder of the Geneva Centre for Training and Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT). His experience spans working in the Swiss Intelligence Service, the Office of the Coordinator of Intelligence Services of Swiss Ambassador to Kenya Jacques Pitteloud, and the Combined Strategic Intelligence Training Program (CSITP), an intelligence course developed by the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Rouiller has also worked for the Swiss Federal Criminal Police, where he created, developed, and led four different Counter-terrorism units.
Gabriel Weimann is a Full Professor of Communication at Haifa University, Israel. His research interests include the study of media effects, persuasion and influence, modern terrorism, and the mass media. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilian Universitat, Munich and a Visiting Professor at various universities including University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, Lehigh University, and the National University of Singapore.
Dr. Weimann has authored eight books, including Terror on the Internet, Freedom and Terror, Terror in Cyberspace: The Next Generation, and his forthcoming Social Research in Israel.
David Kane holds a master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from the College for International Security Studies (CISA) at National Defense University and another in International Transactions from George Mason University. Along with being cited in various newspapers and books regarding terrorism, Kane has also received the Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Customs Service in 2002 for accomplishments in terrorism investigations.
Margaret Foster is a doctoral student at Duke University, studying terrorism and transnational violence with research interests in organizational dynamics of violent groups, network effects of terrorism, and how transnationalism influences conflicts and the organizations involved in them.