Retired US Air Force officer to speak on counter-terrorism

Guermantes Lailari's visit to 'The War on Global Terrorism' class open to campus

A retired United States Air Force officer will speak on campus about counter-terrorism and the use of an airplane as a weapon.

Lt. Col. Guermantes Lailari will visit Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation Jytte Klausen’s “The War on Global Terrorism” class on March 12, from 2 to 3:20 p.m. It will be held in the Mandel Center for Humanities, in room G03, and is open to the public.

Lailari is a systems engineering and technical assistance defense contractor specializing in the provision of support for research and development in irregular warfare. He’ll speak on counter-terrorism and technology, with a special focus on hijackings and the use of an airplane as a weapon. 

He served for nine years in the Middle East and North Africa and for six in Europe. Lailari has directed training and courses at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School and served as the U.S Air Force attaché in the Middle East. 

Lailari has advanced degrees in international relations and strategic intelligence, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public policy at George Mason University. He has written on modeling of terrorism and counter-terrorism and on the Israeli-Hezbollah War, and has contributed to “Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas (Praeger 2009)" and “Hybrid Warfare and Transitional Threats (CENSA 2011).”

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