Fellow, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya
Mr. Lailari is currently working in the missile defense arena and has interests in authoritarian / totalitarian ideologies and illicit groups. He is a retired USAF officer, specializing in counterterrorism, irregular warfare and the Middle East. He has lived, studied, and worked in the Middle East and North Africa for over 12 years and similarly in Europe for six years. He directed the Middle East Orientation Course and the Dynamics of International Terrorism Course and created the Russia, Central Europe, and Central Asia Orientation Course at the USAF Special Operations School, and served as an US Air Force Attaché in the Middle East.
He holds advanced degrees in International Relations and Strategic Intelligence. A sample of his writings include the following: “The Information Operations War Between Israel and Hizballah during the Summer of 2006” in Influence Warfare (James J. F. Forest (ed), Praeger Security International, 2009); “Islamic Hybrid Warfare” in Hybrid Warfare and Transnational Threats (CENSA, 2011); "Mitigating Cross Cultural Extremist Organizations by Legal Asphyxiation: Case Studies of White Supremacist & Islamic Terrorist Organizations” (4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 21-24 July 2012, San Francisco, CA); “Illicit Networks and Global Security” (inFocus Quarterly Journal, Summer 2013); “Lawfare: An Emerging Threat to National Security” in American Strategy and Purpose: Reflections on Foreign Policy and National Security in an Era of Change (CENSA 2014); and “The Risk of and Countering the Islamic State use of Chemical Weapons against Israel” (Working Paper #37, ICT, December 2015). He is currently examining policies to counter the terrorist use of missiles and rockets against civilians.