Executive Director Yael Shahar studied physics and philosophy of science at the University of Texas and at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. After moving to Israel, she taught physics and cosmology to teachers and high-school pupils at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, and later helped to establish an astronomy study center for young people at Kibbutz Degania Aleph. Her involvement in security affairs began during the first Gulf War, when she joined the Israel Police as a volunteer sniper; she won five national competitions in large-bore rifle marksmanship. She later worked for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and in 1997 she joined the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
As ICT’s Director for Open-Source Intelligence and Database Projects, Ms. Shahar designed ICT’s Terrorist Connections and Terror Incidents databases, and has supervised these projects as well as ICT’s Open Source Intelligence data-mining project. In addition, she developed the Institute’s Target-Specific Threat Assessment methodology and infrastructure for identifying and prioritizing the threats faced by various businesses and installations.
A dynamic and sought-after public speaker, Ms. Shahar has lectured worldwide on subjects related to trends in terrorism, non-conventional and techno-terrorism, threat assessment, and asymmetric conflict. She has published many articles on these topics in both refereed journals and other media, and is frequently interviewed by Israeli and international journalists.
Executive Director Don Radlauer studied History and Sociology of Science (specializing in the history of technology) at the University of Pennsylvania. His studies focused on the influence of technology on social institutions (and vice versa), energy technology and economics, and the impact of technological developments on military history. He has pursued a 30-year career in computer software, specializing in database design and online transaction processing.
Mr. Radlauer became an Associate of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in 2001. He has published numerous articles through ICT and other organizations, including several in refereed journals. He wrote a much-cited overview of suspicious stock-option trading prior to the September 11 attacks in the United States, and had a leading role in analyzing financial data uncovered during Israel’s Operation Defensive Shield linking international aid to the Palestinian Authority to the financing of terror.
As Lead Researcher for ICT’s “Al-Aqsa Intifada” Database Project, Mr. Radlauer developed the project’s technological infrastructure, carried out the statistical analysis, and wrote up the project’s findings. The resulting study, “An Engineered Tragedy,” revealed surprising and significant patterns in the demographics of Palestinian and Israeli casualties between September 2000 and 2005, providing strong statistical support for the suggestion that social and political mechanisms in Palestinian society were encouraging adolescent boys and young men to confront Israeli soldiers for the express purpose of “achieving martyrdom”.
Mr. Radlauer has also published and lectured internationally on virtual on-line communities as pathways to radicalization, rational-choice deterrence and its applicability to counter-terrorism, and asymmetric conflict—particularly regarding Israel’s experiences in the al-Aqsa Intifada and the 2006 Lebanon war.