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:
Jack Boureston, Senior Fellow, 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Kenneth D.M. Jensen, is a foreign relations professional based in Washington, D.C. His specialties include Russia and East Europe, as well as the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia.
His interest in economic warfare spans the better part of his career. He has funded (as a grantmaker) or assisted in funding seminal works on narco-terrorism and money laundering, as well as on Middle East politics and Islamic terrorism. Dr. Jensen manages the EWI Blog, available by email.
Dr. Jensen is the author or editor of fourteen books on foreign and public policy, including The Origins of the Cold War: The Novikov, Kennan, and Roberts ‘Long Telegrams’ of 1946. He served as Director of Grant Programs for the Institute for Educational Affairs in New York, under the direction of former Treasury Secretary Bill Simon and Irving Kristol. There, Dr. Jensen managed programs in public policy, foreign policy, jurisprudence, and the media. Later, he was a founding staff member of the United States Institute of Peace and directed its grants and research programs during his eight-year tenure. He is recently retired from the American Committees on Foreign Relations, where he served as executive director for 15 years.
Dr. Jensen is an alumnus of the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin, and Moscow State University (USSR). A veteran of a dozen years of college teaching in History, Political Science, and political philosophy (most lately at Kenyon College), he occasionally teaches American Foreign Policy in the Age of Terrorism at National Defense University.
Dr. Jensen is a (former) life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Financial Integrity.
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.
William B. Scott, ACD Senior Fellow, serves as a flight-testing and aerospace business-development consultant, and is currently writing fiction and nonfiction books.
He recently 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.
Nancy Korbin, , Dr. Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin 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.