Top Ted Talks For Homeland Security Professionals

by David Paul Krug

Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades — an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.

In this impassioned talk, Dr. Usmani demos the Usmani-Kirk Model by plotting an imaginary suicide attack. While sharing his vision to fight terrorism in Pakistan, he astutely comments on the current state of affairs with a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.

Oklahoma State University head of Fire Protection and Safety Technology Michael Larrañaga researches high-impact events. His talk addresses the probability of catastrophic and epidemic-like occurrences including forest fires and power outages.

Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority (most recently Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against “the West.” Ghosh suggests that, now that bin Laden’s worldwide organization has fragmented, it’s time to reclaim the word.

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