The ACD/EWI team specializes in economic warfare, purposeful interference in civilian infrastructure, including the financial markets, transnational criminal and terrorist organizations and their links, and more. We provide knowledge based analysis and risk assessment in articles, white papers, Blog posts special briefings and scenario/war gaming. We identify methods and strategies used by radical regimes and groups and criminal gangs to subvert Western political and economic systems.
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Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is Founder and CEO of the New York-based American Center for Democracy and the Economic Warfare Institute. Dr. Ehrenfeld is an authority on economic warfare, including Weapons of Mass Effect (WME), lawfare, terror financing, disinformation, jihadist movements and corruption.
Dr. Ehrenfeld has a unique ability and an impressive track record to connecting the links between seemingly unrelated foreign and domestic event into identifiable threats to the US economy, financial, social and political systems and its national security in general.
Dr. Ehrenfeld has initiated the anti-libel tourism legislations in the United States. “Rachel’s Law“ passed in 2008 unanimously in New York State (New York Libel Terrorism Protection Act 2008). At least 10 other U.S. states had passed similar legislation.
The “Speech Act“, Public Law 111-223: Securing and Protecting our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act, passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress ans signed into law by President Obama in 2010.
The laws protect all American journalists, publishers, and writers in print and on the Internet in the U.S. from the enforcement of foreign libel judgments.
Dr. Ehrenfeld has published widely, lectured and organized international conferences/workshops and specialized briefings and wargaming in many countries and advised governments, law enforcement and the financial industry. Dr. Ehrenfeld has testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the Canadian and European Parliaments, and provided evidence on states, organizations and individuals’ support and methods of funding terrorist groups also to the British Parliament, consulted government agencies such as the Department of Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security.
Fluent in several languages, she organized numerous international conferences and conducted special workshops and briefings. In addition, she led ACD’s international expert team to observe election in Central Asia, North Africa and Eastern European countries. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Committee on the Present Danger.
Dr. Ehrenfeld was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace Studies, a research scholar at the New York University School of Law, and a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Jesus College at Cambridge University. She has a Ph.D in Criminology from the Hebrew University School of Law.
She is the author of hundreds of articles, White Papers, chapters of topic expert and academic publications and several books, including:
J. Millard Burr – Senior Fellow, worked for many years in the Department of State. In his last assignment he served as logistics advisor for the Operation Lifeline Sudan program, U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Burr has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon, and he has served as Special Assistant to The Geographer, U. S. Department of State. In a career that spanned more than three decades, he had numerous assignments in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. With collaborator Dr. Robert O. Collins, he is the author of four books dealing with the emergence of Islamist movements. The Terrorist Internationale is the capstone of that work.
Thomas L. Cranmer has been writing political, economic and technical analyses for decades. For 30 years he was a planner and a treasurer with Mobil Oil, negotiating projects in a wide range of countries, especially in almost all Muslim counties. He was Mobil’s representative to the nuclear energy and electrical industries. Part of his negotiating time was spent in Europe and South America, and he wrote extensively about the risks of doing business in Venezuela, Brazil and other Latin American countries. He was VP of the U.S. Business Council for SE Europe. While with the State Department in India before Mobil, he studied Arabic, Farsi (Persian) and Urdu in the Imam’s office in the largest mosque in India. His regular duty was to develop and finance projects. He also has studied French, Spanish and Portuguese. Oxford Press (India) published his book that was the first to analyze the economics of farming and the methods of food distribution system in India, and the success of free enterprise in agriculture.
After Mobil, he was manager of Iraqi oil, gas and electricity reconstruction operations, based in Baghdad for the State Department. He was also a business consultant in a wide range of countries, including Outer Mongolia and Eastern Europe. He identified cases of Russian money laundering and Chinese violations of trade agreements. Mr.Cranmer is an editor and writer for the Fairfax Free Citizen in Virginia. He covers foreign, national and local issues, especially topics relating to threats from Islamic fascism, electricity interruption, and climate change fanatics. He studied geology, engineering and political science at Yale and has an MBA in finance and economics from Columbia. His security clearance is Top Secret.
Col. Jonathan Dahoah Halevi, IDF (Ret.), is the director of research in the Orient Research Group Ltd. and a Board member of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs headed by Dr. Dore Gold. Mr. Halevi consults on Middle East and Arab affairs to the Wall Street Journal and is a special consultant to the Linde vs. Arab Bank lawsuit.
• 1998 – 2002 Head of the Palestinian Research Branch in the IDF Intelligence Unit. • 2002 – 2003 Head of the Information Branch in the IDF Spokesperson Unit. • 2003 – 2004 Senior Advisor for policy planning in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Halevi has written many articles for both Hebrew and English publications including “Al-Qaeda’s Intellectual Legacy: New Radical Islamic Thinking Justifying the Genocide of Infidels”.
William B. Scott serves as a flight-testing and aerospace business-development consultant, and is currently writing fiction and nonfiction books.
He retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, based in Colorado Springs, CO. In 22 years with Aviation Week, he also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He focused primarily on advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight-testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 17 editorial awards. He is a coauthor of three books: “Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III,” its sequel, “Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III,” and “Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story.” During a nine-year Air Force career, Scott served as aircrew on classified nuclear sampling missions; an electronics engineering officer at the National Security Agency, working space communication security programs; and an instrumentation and flight test engineer. He was also a civilian FTE/program manager and proposal group manager for three aerospace companies: General Dynamics (F-16 Full Scale Development program), Falcon Jet Corp. (Coast Guard HU-25A development and certification), and Tracor Flight Systems Inc. (Canadair Challenger development and certification, plus numerous fighter, transport and helicopter test programs).
Scott is a six-time Royal Aeronautical Society “Journalist of the Year” finalist. He won the Society’s 1998 Lockheed Martin Award for the “Best Defense Submission,” and received both the 2006 and 2007 Messier-Dowty awards for “Best Airshow Submission.” He also was part of an Aviation Week team that won a 2004 Neal Award for its coverage of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. A Neal award is the business-to-business magazine equivalent of a newspaper Pulitzer Prize.
Scott is a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Masters equivalent) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento.
Leslie Lebl is principal at Lebl Associates and a writer, lecturer and consultant on political, security and military matters. She is a former Foreign Service Officer with particular expertise in European political, defense and counter-terrorism issues, radical Islam in Europe, Balkan peacekeeping, and Russian politics and economy. Her publications have appeared in the Policy Analysis series of the Cato Institute, Policy Review, Orbis, City Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Hartford Courant, EuroFuture and Atlantic Perspective. A monograph, Advancing U.S. Interests with the European Union, was published by the Atlantic Council of the United States.
A graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A. in history, 1972), Ms. Lebl received an M.A. in foreign affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1979.
Ganesh Sahathevan is a researcher and reporter from Sydney, Australia who focuses on South East Asian business, economic and politics. This work has led him into research of structures that support terrorist and jihadist activities in the region,and their links to similar structures in other parts of the world. Ganesh investigated financial mismanagement in Malaysia prior to the financial crisis in the 1990s. He obtained the degrees Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Accounting), and LLB from Monash University, and LLM from the University of Sydney.
Nancy Hartevelt Korbin is a psychoanalyst with a PhD in Aljamía (Old Spanish in Arabic script) who became a counter terrorist expert. She has done prison interviews, in particular of Somalis in Minneapolis, MN. She is a graduate of the Human Terrain Program, Leavenworth Kansas and was slated for deployment to Afghanistan. She is author of ‘The Banality of Suicide Terrorism, ‘ also in Hebrew. Two other books are forthcoming Global Terrorism and Intimate Connections: Cracking the Code and The Psychoanalytic Maternal Cameo for Terrorism — the Boston Marathon Attack and the Chechens. She immigrated to Israel in 2010 and lives in Tel Aviv.
Jack Boureston is nonproliferation researcher and managing director of FirstWatch International (FWI) a research consultancy in Monterey, California. Mr. Boureston has extensive experience in the assessment and characterization of technologies and national capabilities to sustain chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological technologies. He has worked with and contributed to the activities of a diverse range of organizations including Booz Allen Hamilton, CCC, DOE, DTRA, IISS, U.S. national laboratories, SIPRI, Kings College London, and SAIC among others. Mr. Boureston’s work has included a systematic survey of industries, companies, and associations to develop illicit supplier profiles, and find ways of interdicting their illicit activities. He has written and published numerous articles in journals such as Jane’s Intelligence Review (JIR), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Arms Control Today (ACT); contributed chapters to IISS net assessments, and made presentations for staff in the U.S. Government, national laboratories, and at conferences. Before establishing FWI in 2002, Mr. Boureston worked with organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a safeguards information analyst and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) as a researcher and manager. He received his BA in International Relations and MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Mr. Boureston also served in the U.S. Navy aboard aircraft carriers and command ships.
Cory Davenport, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and Senior Researcher in the Special Projects Division of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland. Dr. Davenport has extensive experience in the fields of political psychology, counter-terrorism, and biodefense/biosecurity. Prior to his current position at START, Dr. Davenport was a Fellow with the Center for Biodefense, Law, and Public Policy. He also served with F Co. 51st IN (LRSC) (Airborne), 525 Military Intelligence Battalion, a HUMINT asset of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Moorthy S. Muthuswamy is a scholar of radicalism. His scholarship includes the 2009 book, Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War. Growing up in India, he experienced political Islam firsthand. Since 1998 he has published on the topic of radicalism. His interests lie in the intersection of science and religion and understanding the radical religion-movements that span the globe. His investigation of the influence of sharia and clerics led to an academic publication titled, “Sharia as a Platform for Espousing Violence and as a Cause for Waging Armed jihad.” His recent work involves identifying the elements of a framework that describes emerging global threats.
Muthuswamy holds a doctorate in physics from Stony Brook University and has published extensively in the areas of nuclear and radiation physics. He lives in the United States and is a citizen.