Lone Wolf Terrorism Prospects and Potential Strategies to Address the Threat

Authors' Biographies

Theodore Jay Gordon is a futurist and management consultant, a specialist in forecasting methodology, planning, and policy analysis. He is co-founder and Board member of The Millennium Project, a global think tank. He formed the consulting firm The Futures Group in 1971 and led it for 20 years. Prior to forming The Futures Group, he was one of the founders of The Institute for the Future and before that consulted for the math and policy department at RAND Corporation. He was also Chief Engineer of the McDonnell Douglas Saturn S-IV space vehicle and was in charge of the launch of early ballistic missiles and space vehicles from Cape Canaveral. He is a frequent lecturer, the author of many technical papers and author or co-author of several books dealing with space, the future, life extension, and scientific and technological developments and issues. He is the author of the Macmillan encyclopedia article on the future of science and technology. He is currently on the editorial board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Dr. Yair Sharan, a Col(ret) in the IDF, is currently the director of TAM-C/FIRST group active in the security and technology field. He has been a senior associate researcher in Begin-Saadat Center for strategic studies (BESA) in Bar Ilan University in Israel. He was the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Technological Analysis and Forecasting (ICTAF) at Tel Aviv University, Israel, in the period 2000-2012 and was a senior consultant to the Israeli Ministry of Science in 19921993. Dr. Sharan served as Israeli Science Consoler in Germany from 1988 to1992 and coordinated the relations of the University of Tel-Aviv with the EU in the period 19932003. Dr. Sharan is co-director of the Israeli Node of the Millennium Project, a member of the World Future Society and has been a member of the EU Foresight Expert Group.

His main fields of interest are research and science policy, the impact of technology on national strategy, technology foresight, and security foresight, technology assessment, and more. He has special expertise in the security field and has completed studies in topics like "Non Conventional Terrorism", "Psychological Deterrence", "Emerging Technologies and Future Threats of Terrorism", "Issues in water security", and more. He is co-editor of three books including "Terrorism on the Internet", "Medical Response to Emergency Situations" and "Water Security in Emergency Situations." He has been co-director of several NATO SPS workshops, the most recent one on Lone Actor terrorism, in November 2014. Dr. Sharan coordinated several EU projects, including FESTOS in the Security program and PRACTIS in the Science in Society program. Together with colleague researchers he participated in many EU projects including SIAM, e-Leaving, OPET, Nano2Life, Platform Foresight, and others. Current studies and publications include "Lonely wolf an emerging terror threat," "Synthetic Biology Risks and Chances," and "Emerging technologies and their impact on security and privacy."

Elizabeth Florescu is Director of Research at The Millennium Project, working with the Project since 1997. She is co-author of the annual "State of the Future", the report "Environmental Crimes, Military Actions, and the International Criminal Court", the "Analysis of the UN Millennium Summit Speeches", several articles, and invited reviewer at specialized magazines. She has been one of the principal investigators working on the monthly environmental scanning reports for the US Army Environmental Policy Institute, assessing worldwide environment and new technologies-related issues that might trigger future changes to international regulations with potential implications for the military. Elizabeth has been also actively participating in the design of a climate change situation room, design and implementation of early warning systems for policymakers, and building a collective intelligence system, and is involved in committees and forums addressing issues related to S&T, environment, security, international regulations, ontology, and knowledge management. Elizabeth has a vast international experience, having lived and worked in several countries, including the U.S., Canada, Romania, and Hungary.