George V. Motakis, JD, LLM Named Editor-in-Chief of The Counterterrorism Review

  The Counterterrorism Institute is pleased to announce the selection of George V. Motakis, JD, LLM to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Institute’s peer-reviewed, scholarly publication, The Counterterrorism Review. Mr. Motakis joins the Institute following service as Managing Editor of The Homeland & National Security Law Review at Western Michigan University. Prior to this most recent post, George has served the Law Review as its Publications Editor. His education includes a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Homeland and National Security Law from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations and Hellenic Studies from New York University, and he is awaiting conferral of a second LLM in Criminal Law from Western Michigan University. The Counterterrorism Review serves as the Institute’s flagship scholarly publication, and provides a forum for peer-reviewed academic and professional articles, notes, and reviews related to the broad field of counterterrorism. Submissions are subjected to a rigorous peer-review process including initial manuscript selection, fact-checking, review by professionals and scholars in the relevant field, edits, and final approval prior to publication to ensure the highest standards of integrity, quality, and value are maintained throughout each volume. The Counterterrorism Institute is fortunate to have Mr. Motakis aboard to spearhead The Counterterrorism Review’s mission of providing timely, high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly resources in support of greater understanding and awareness in the fight against terrorism. Please see the following Call for Submissions to learn how you might be published as an author in The Counterterrorism...

The Counterterrorism Institute Named a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit!

The Counterterrorism Institute is thrilled to announce its selection by GreatNonprofits as a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit! As the only people’s choice award in the nonprofit sector, we owe a great big thank you to our friends, volunteers, and supporters for their outpouring of five-star reviews, kind words, and inspiring stories. This award is as much yours as it is ours, and we could not have achieved it without your continued dedication to the Institute’s increasingly essential mission! To read our reviews on GreatNonprofits, or to leave a five-star review of your own, please click...

Counterterrorism Institute Executive Director Delivers Keynote Address at Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium

  Counterterrorism Institute Executive Director, Frank Spano, was honored to deliver the Keynote Speech at BLR’s inaugural Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium. The speech – Establishing an Organizational Culture that Understands and Responds to Threats of Workplace Violence and Terrorism – was designed to address the psychological, tactical, and strategic principles that govern the counterterrorism cycle, and tied current events, strategies, and mindsets to a hypothetical framework that allowed human resources and safety professionals varying viewpoints to use in making a positive impact on their respective workplaces. With incidents of workplace violence and terrorism on the rise, it is vitally important for human resources and safety managers to build an increased sense of vigilance into the organizational culture. This dynamic and interactive opportunity provided symposium attendees an increased understanding, awareness, and inspiration to drive their efforts in effectively shaping a responsive culture of safety and resilience within their organizations....

The Counterterrorism Institute Selected as a Member of the Metropolitan Resilience Network

  The Counterterrorism Institute is pleased to announce its selection as a member of the Metropolitan Resilience Network. The Metropolitan Resilience Network (MRN) – part of the larger Global Resilience Network – is an innovative initiative between the public and private sectors hosted by New York University’s International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP), and championed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The MRN provides collaborative opportunities for businesses, government, and non-governmental organizations like The Counterterrorism Institute to enable effective preparation for, response to, and recovery from the widest range of threats including: sever weather, flooding, utility outages, and – as it relates to The Counterterrorism Institute – cyber attacks, and terrorism. We are honored to be affiliated with this dynamic partnership, and look forward to continuing to take all necessary steps to educate and empower professionals, scholars, school-aged children, and the general public to fight today’s threat of terrorism, and to eradicate the violent ideology that infects and radicalizes the next generations of would-be terrorists. To learn more about the Metropolitan Resilience Network, please visit them HERE....

CTI Board of Advisors Chairman, General Michael McDaniel, Named to Coordinate Flint Water Crisis

  In response to a near catastrophic failure of city water services due to lead piping and contamination, Flint, Michigan, Mayor Karen Weaver has appointed Counterterrorism Institute Board of Advisors Chairman, Brigadier General (ret.) Michael McDaniel, to lead the newly created Fast Action and Sustainability Team. In this capacity, General McDaniel will coordinate efforts between the Mayor’s Office, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The General is no stranger to high level critical infrastructure security and recovery, having previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense Strategy, Prevention, and Mission Assurance, as well as a six-year stint as Homeland Security Advisor to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in the wake of 9/11. In addition to his new role spearheading recovery efforts in Flint, General McDaniel serves as the Director of Homeland and National Security Law Programs at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School. An ardent and committed supporter of The Counterterrorism Institute since its inception, General McDaniel has worked tirelessly with Executive Director Frank Spano to create a robust team of trusted advisors supporting the Institute’s development and mission accomplishment. This strong relationship first began when the General and Mr. Spano co-founded the Homeland & National Security Law Review; the first online, peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of its kind in the United States. Since that time, the Homeland and National Security Law Program has continued to grow, and the mutually beneficial relationship has continued to develop. Though the situation in Flint is not terrorism related, it does highlight the truly vital nature of the critical infrastructure on which we have become so dependent. We wish General McDaniel all the best with...

Counterterrorism Institute Executive Director & Founder, Frank Spano, Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel

The Counterterrorism Institute is pleased to congratulate Executive Director & Founder, Frank Spano, on his having been commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and Aide de Camp to the Governor, by Kentucky Governor Matthew G. Bevin. According to the Governor’s Office, a commission as a Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and its recipients serve as ambassadors of good will and fellowship throughout the world. Since the first commission was awarded in 1812 by Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby, Colonels have come from all walks of life, and share the common bond of having been recognized for their contributions to their communities, states, and nations. While most of today’s Colonels no longer wear uniforms, nor serve as the governor’s private guard, a large number remain active in giving back to their communities as members of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels; a nonprofit organization established in 1932 by Kentucky Governor, Ruby Laffoon, to carry out the good works and philanthropy that Kentucky Colonels have become known for in the present day. We at The Counterterrorism Institute are very proud to see Executive Director Frank Spano recognized by Governor Bevin and the Commonwealth of Kentucky with this high honor; an honor made even more special as this commission was awarded just two weeks after Governor Bevin took office on 8 December 2015. With all our best wishes and congratulations to Colonel Spano on this tremendous honor, ~ The Counterterrorism Institute...

FEMA Seeks Applicants for Youth Preparedness Council

  The Counterterrorism Institute is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness. The Youth Preparedness Council offers an opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. During their two-year term, the leaders will complete a national-level group project and share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Council activities and projects center around five areas of engagement: programs, partnerships, events, public speaking/outreach, and publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives, and projects throughout the duration of their term. Individuals in their freshman or sophomore year of high school that are engaged in individual and community preparedness, or have experienced a disaster that motivated him or her to make a positive difference in their community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Adults working with youth or community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying. Youth interested...