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The August Luncheon speaker will be Paul Myers, who will present "ISIS Emerging: A Sustained Physical and Cyber Threat to Global Security in the 21st Century"
Synopsis: While ISIS shares many of the same organizational and ideological characteristics as the myriad of other jihadi extremist militant groups currently operating around the globe, there are two main themes that separate ISIS from the pack.
First, ISIS has a penchant for committing extremely violent acts of terror due to its adherence to the strictest form of Islam, as interpreted by their leaders, past and present, which makes the Taliban look like choir boys in comparison.
Second, this group has unprecedented use of social media and the web to recruit followers, ideologues, spread their message of intolerance through videos of beheadings and murders, and last, but not least, to propagandize the Islamic State as a legitimate ruling caliphate while communicating misinformation across the globe using various social media networks.
This group truly has no boundaries, physical or otherwise. This presentation will provide you, the audience, with a brief history of this group, its current operational status and subsequent impact on physical and cyber security around the globe, and its future if left unchecked.
Paul Myers began his career in 1993 with the United States Marine Corps as an Arabic linguist and cryptologic specialist assigned to the National Security Agency. He worked on Middle East issues, to include terrorism in the Levant. He was honorably discharged in 1998 and after serving five years as a Kansas City, Missouri police officer, he was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2003. Upon graduation from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he served as a Counterterrorism Agent in Washington, DC where he investigated several high-profile, politically sensitive international terrorism cases in austere, and often times hostile, environments. Paul was awarded the Shield of Bravery from the FBI and the Bravery Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Officer's Association as a result of his work.
After several years as a Special Agent, Paul went on to work as an independent contractor during which time he conducted operations against Islamic extremist targets of US national security interest. He has trained, mentored, and advised both US government contractors and indigenous (foreign national) personnel in the art of operational tradecraft.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Park University and is a current resident of the Kansas City metropolitan area.