Please join us for the Stephen Sloan Seminar: Assessing the Future of Domestic and International Terrorism on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm at Oklahoma City University School of Law.

The Sloan Seminar is a conference honoring the ground-breaking contributions of Dr. Stephen Sloan to the field of counterterrorism and bringing together experts in counterterrorism analysis, policy, and national security law. Co-sponsored by The Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy at Oklahoma City University School of Law and The Center for Intelligence and National Security at the University of Oklahoma. The Sloan Seminar is approved for 4 hours of CLE credit.

Please RSVP by March 21st to here.



10:00 – 10:15am              WELCOME:  Valerie Couch, Interim Director, Murrah Center; Dr. James L. Regens, Regents Professor and Director, OU Center for Intelligence and National Security; Marc Blitz, Professor of Law at OCU Law

10:20 – 11:10                    SESSION 1:   Robert Kandra, interviewed by Dr. James L. Regens

The U.S. Perspective on the Future Direction of Terrorism

11:10 – 11:25                  COFFEE BREAK

11:30 – 12:20                  SESSION 2:  The Honorable James E. Baker, interviewed by Homer Pointer

The Evolving Legal Framework of Counterterrorism

12:30 – 1:30pm             LUNCH – with welcome from Dean Jim Roth, OCU School of Law

1:40 – 2:30                 SESSION 3:  Magnus Ranstorp, interviewed by David N. Edger

The European Perspective on the Future Direction of Terrorism

2:40 – 3:30                      SESSION 4:  Dr. Stephen Sloan, interviewed by Mike Boettcher

Reflections on Forty Years of Counterterrorism Efforts, the Operational Dynamics of Terrorism, and What Lies Ahead

3:30 – 4:30                 RECEPTION



Please read below for a list of Seminar Participants:

The Honorable James E. Baker, Syracuse University


The Hon. James E. Baker is Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism; Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law; and Professor of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Judge Baker teaches classes on national security law, emerging technologies and national security, ethics, leadership, intelligence, and the laws of war.

Judge Baker is one of the most highly regarded national security lawyers and policy advisors in the nation. Starting his career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps, Judge Baker subsequently joined the staff of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan before serving the US Department of State, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and National Security Council. Most notably, he served on the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for 15 years—the last four as Chief Judge—before stepping down in 2015. The Court hears appeals arising under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and its decisions are subject to review by the US Supreme Court. Judge Baker authored more than 250 opinions for the Court, addressing criminal law and procedure, rules of evidence, jurisdiction, and the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution.

Since 2015, when he was appointed by President Barack Obama, Judge Baker has served as a Member of the Public Interest Declassification Board, established by Congress in 2000 to promote transparency in national security activities. He is also a Member of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) Board of Directors; a former Consultant for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity; and a former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, which promotes public understanding of, and careers in, national security.

In addition to his exemplary public service, Judge Baker has been a teacher and scholar his entire career. He has taught as an Adjunct or Visiting Professor at Yale Law School (his alma mater, where he received a B.A. and J.D.); University of Iowa College of Law; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Washington University School of Law; and the Georgetown University Law Center. His courses have included those on Managing National Security, Challenges in National Security, Federal Courts, and Ethics and Leadership. In 2017-2018, Judge Baker was Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies, where he pursued scholarship on emerging technologies and artificial intelligence. Previous recipients of this prestigious fellowship include former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Adm. William Fallon, former Commander of US Central Command.

Judge Baker is the author of two books, In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Regulating Covert Action (Yale University Press, 1992, with Michael Reisman). As a Marine Corps Reserve Officer (1979-2000), he authored the revised Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Subjects addressed in his numerous book chapters and articles range from military justice, transnational law, and covert operations to teaching national security, effective presidential transitions, and the ethics of national security law. Among his several awards, Judge Baker has been honored by the National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, and the US Army Command and General Staff College (Honorary Master of Military Arts and Science, 2009).


Michael J. Boettcher, University of Oklahoma


Michael J. Boettcher is the Gaylord Visiting Professional Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications and a Senior Fellow, University of Oklahoma Center for Intelligence and National Security.

Mike Boettcher is a veteran network news correspondent and has been recognized with journalism’s top awards for his coverage of events that shaped the world since 1980.  He also helped launch the era of 24-hour live news coverage when on June 1, 1980, he performed the first live satellite report for a fledgling network called CNN. In a three-decade network career, Boettcher received national recognition in all facets of broadcast journalism – breaking news, feature, war coverage, and investigative reporting. He was also recognized for his investigations of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups. As the chief correspondent for CNN’s terrorism investigation unit, a team he created in the summer of 2001, Boettcher was awarded a Peabody, his third of four National Emmys and a National Headliner award.

Mr. Boettcher is frequently asked to lecture on the subject of terrorism and journalism at some of the world’s top institutions and corporations, including London’s Royal United Services Institute, Sweden’s National Defense College, Scotland’s St. Andrews University, West Point’s Senior Leaders Conference, U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army War College, The Aerospace Industries Association and the General Dynamics Corporation.

In three decades of assignments covering world conflict for NBC News and CNN, he has witnessed, investigated and been a victim of terrorism himself. He was kidnapped and threatened with execution in El Salvador in 1985.

Twenty years later, he survived a suicide bomber attack and a roadside bombing in Baghdad. Boettcher covered the emergence of modern terrorist tactics in the early 1980s in Lebanon when the U.S. Marine barracks was bombed, killing 241. He covered the Pan AM 103 tragedy in Lockerbie and was assigned to investigate it. He led NBC’s investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and was one of three journalists allowed to speak to Timothy McVeigh in prison. Since 1998, when the U.S. embassies in Africa were bombed, he has been assigned to investigate every major al-Qa’ida attack against American targets.

Mike was one of a small group of reporters embedded with U.S. Special Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom, has reported extensively from Iraq and Afghanistan. His experience covering Iraq dates back to Operation Desert Storm in 1991 when he was embedded with U.S. Marines. That same year he won an Emmy for his coverage of the Kurdish refugee crisis in Iraq.

He is recognized as one of the world’s most experienced foreign correspondents, covering wars and revolutions in every part of the globe. He left NBC News in 2008 to pursue the No Ignoring project – the only entity embedded full time with U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the project, he lectured weekly, via satellite, from Iraq to the University of Oklahoma’s groundbreaking War and Media class.


David N. Edger, 3CI Consulting LLC


David N. Edger is the Managing Director and founder of 3CI Consulting LLC. 3CI provides consulting and advisory services to Fortune 500 companies, government groups, and academic institutions.

David Edger retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after a 35-year career in the clandestine service. At the CIA, Mr. Edger served as the Deputy Director for Counter-narcotics, Chief of Operations for Latin America, and Associate Deputy Director of Operations – the most senior career operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. He has extensive experience in intelligence collection, including counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, and counter-espionage.

He received the following medals for his Intelligence Community service: CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal; CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal; CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit; and Presidential Rank Stipend, Senior Intelligence Service. His merit awards for operational work include the National Security Agency, Drug Enforcement Agency, US Department of Justice, and numerous awards from foreign governments.

Dave is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Intelligence and National Security. After retirement from the CIA, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on intelligence and national security for many years at the University of Oklahoma.

Mr. Edger was Chairman of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) Board of Directors. Dave is a member, Association of Former Intelligence Officers and International Association for Intelligence Education. He has published in the Journal of Intelligence Analysis and is a co-author with Devin R. Springer and James L. Regens of Islamic Radicalism and Global Jihad (Georgetown University Press, 2009).


Robert A. Kandra, Chertoff Group; XK Group


Robert A. Kandra is a Senior Advisor with the Chertoff Group and Advisor to the XK Group. Mr. Kandra also teaches courses at Mars Hill University.

Mr. Kandra entered CIA in 1984 and served for 28 years a career National Clandestine Service Operations Officer and Senior Intelligence Service executive in the Central Intelligence Agency operating in the Middle East, Balkans, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. He served as a CIA Chief of Station 6 times, including Baghdad and several other war zone tours, frequently in support of the Joint Special Operations Command and other US special forces. Upon returning from the position of Chief for CIA’s Iraq Station, was appointed Chief of the CIA’s Clandestine Human Intelligence Collection Training Program and was concurrently responsible for all National Clandestine Service High Threat and Cyber Training programs in counter-threat assessment and mitigation, and insider-threat identification.  Postings also included Vienna, Austria providing senior intelligence support to the US Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency.  He was also the Chief of CIA’s Clandestine Service Training and Paramilitary Instruction Programs after which he was appointed to be Chief of the CIA’s elite Special Activities Division (SAD) as well as Chief of CIA’s Global Deployment Division.  As SAD Chief, Mr. Kandra managed and directed the CIA’s paramilitary and worldwide covert programs, becoming a specialist in paramilitary and unconventional operations in high-threat regions. In 2008, he was appointed to the Editorial Board of CIA’s Studies in Intelligence.

His last two years of Government service was spent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the Associate Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch. Mr. Kandra provided oversight, leadership, and direction of FBI programs for counterintelligence, counterproliferation, counterterrorism, and the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence. In this role, he developed unique expertise in offensive penetration strategies and insider-threat identification. Additionally, he served as the CIA and Special Intelligence advisor to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller and United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Recognized as an expert on inter-agency cooperation within the IC, he drafted the Memorandum of Understanding governing the CIA’s relationship with Law Enforcement prior to retirement.

Bob has received the following medals for his Intelligence Community service: CIA Intelligence Star for Valor, 1990; CIA Donovan Medal, 2000; CIA Donovan Medal, 2007; CIA George Bush Medal for Counterterrorism, 1998; Balkans Service Medal, 2001; CIA Director’s Award, 2005; DIA Director’s Award, 2006; Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Intelligence Achievement Medal, 2006; and CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, 2012.

He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland (1981) and a J.D. from Drake University (1983). Mr. Kandra also serves as a Special Advisor, Cyber Security to Citigroup and is a Special Instructor, US Navy Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC). Mr. Kandra is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Homer S. Pointer, Oklahoma City University School of Law



Homer S. Pointer is Senior Fellow of the Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy and Adjunct Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University School of Law. He teaches national security law, homeland security law, and the law of armed conflict.

He began his legal career as a judge advocate in the United States Navy, serving on active duty for 22 years. The early stages of his Navy career focused on military justice, including tours as trial and appellate counsel and as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught military justice. After acquiring an advanced degree in international law, Mr. Pointer transitioned into operational law, focusing on international agreements and application of the law of armed conflict to military operations.

In 1996 Mr. Pointer became an Assistant General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, specializing in national security law and acquiring significant experience in counterintelligence investigations, information sharing, and intelligence oversight. From 2007 to 2010, he was detailed to the Executive Office of the President as Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Mr. Pointer earned a BA in English from Asbury College; a JD from the University of Texas; and an LLM in International Law (with highest honors) from George Washington University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.


Magnus Ranstorp, Swedish National Defense University 


Magnus Ranstorp is Research Director at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense University. Dr. Ranstorp also is the Quality Manager of the EU Radicalization Awareness Network – Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE). RAN CoE is a practitioner-led network of 3,000 practitioners working on countering violent extremism (CVE) issues across the European Union.

He has been researching counterterrorism and CVE issues for over thirty years. Dr. Ranstorp is the Former Director, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University. Dr. Ranstorp was also the first author to seriously map out the Lebanese Hizbollah movement and its connection to international terrorism and relationship with Iran and Syria. Before and after 9/11 he was a consultant for CNN on terrorism issues. He was also invited to testify in the 9/11 Commission at its 1st Hearing in 2003. He is a former consultant to CNN on terrorism issues.

Magnus has worked extensively on the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and his most recent publication on Swedish Foreign Fighters is based on a dataset of 267 FTFs out of 300 Swedish FTFs, data obtained from the Swedish Security Service. In 2017 he also co-authored EU RAN Manual on Responding to Returning FTFs and their Families. In 2018 he published an extensive report on salafism and salafi-jihadism in Sweden. Dr. Ranstorp also leads the Copenhagen Municipality Expert Group that developed the Anti-radicalization Action Plan in 2015. He also advises Stockholm City on CVE and the Swedish National CVE coordinator.

He is a Member of various European Commission expert groups on radicalization; the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues, the Steering Committee, EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network, and Working Group Leader on  Civil Society, Diaspora and Foreign Fighters issue. Dr. Ranstorp is a Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and a Fellow, The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.


James L. Regens, University of Oklahoma


James L. Regens is Regents Professor and the founding Director, University of Oklahoma Center for Intelligence and National Security, an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. Dr. Regens is a Professor of Strategic Communication, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds the Bartlett Foundation Chair. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the OU Health Sciences Center. He was the founding Director of the OUHSC Center for Biosecurity Research.

Larry Regens previously served in policy and analytical positions in the US Government and national laboratories and in the United States Marine Corps in addition to appointments as a tenured faculty member at major research universities. He has demonstrated expertise in modeling/simulation, risk assessment, statistical and spatial analysis techniques, and decision analysis. He has field experience in Western Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Larry has chaired multiple International Atomic Energy Agency technical committees and is a former chair of the Group on Energy and Environment, Organization for Economic Cooperation Development. Dr. Regens has been a consultant to and/or has served on review panels for numerous organizations including the National Academy of Engineering, National Institutes of Health, US Special Operations Command, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Larry has authored and co-authored over 200 publications including articles in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and eight books including Islamic Radicalism and Global Jihad (Georgetown University Press). He has been PI for approximately $40 million in research funding, primarily from DOE, DOD, and DHS to conduct a series of large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects. His research focuses on identifying mechanisms to attenuate biological pathogen virulence; biomarkers of non-traditional chemical agent exposure; dispersion, deposition, and persistence of bioaerosols, chemical agents, and fissile/non-fissile radioactive material; intelligence-based adversarial threat characterization; and advanced video analytics.

Dr. Regens is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and International Association for Intelligence Education.


Stephen Sloan, University of Oklahoma (Emeritus)


Stephen Sloan is an American political scientist known for pioneering the study of terrorism and political violence. Dr. Sloan is Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Presidential Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma where he served on the faculty for almost 40 years.

Dr. Sloan pioneered and conducted numerous simulations internationally for military and police forces as well as corporate security entities. He has also consulted on terrorism to the United States military and several United States government agencies. He was formerly the Lawrence J. Chastang Distinguished Professor of Terrorism Studies at the University of Central Florida, where he remains a Distinguished Fellow of the Global Perspectives Office and worked at RAND.

At the University of Oklahoma, Steve taught the first university class on terrorism in the United States and founded the Study Group on International Terrorism at the University of Oklahoma. The Study Group pioneered developing alternatives to meet the threat of terrorism placing particular emphasis on problems related to reconciling the need for an effective tactical response when an incident occurs with the equally a series of highly realistic simulations involving: (1) the University of Oklahoma Security Department, (2) the Norman Police Department, (3) members of a U.S. Army Special Forces Unit, and (4) flight attendants aboard the mock‐up of a cabin at the training facility of a leading international airline. The simulations identified broader policy questions that not only include the need for more effective training techniques for law enforcement personnel and techniques for promoting administrative cooperation among senior-level officials from the different jurisdictions that would be involved if an incident were to occur. The simulations also identified key areas of analysis and training as they particularly relate to the need to sensitize personnel from both the public and private sector who may be high‐risk targets for terrorist attacks.

In 1999, he was a member of the steering committee that formed the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. The author and co-author of 13 books including A Study in Political Violence: The Indonesian ExperienceSimulating TerrorismRed Teams and Counterterrorism Training with Robert J. Bunker and The Historical Dictionary of Terrorism of Terrorism with Sean K. Anderson. He earned his B.A. from Washington Square College at New York University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative politics from New York University.


Marc Blitz, Oklahoma City University School of Law


Marc Jonathan Blitz’s, the Alan Joseph Bennett Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University School of Law, scholarship focuses on constitutional protection for freedom of thought and freedom of expression, privacy, and national security law – and especially on how of each of these areas of law applies to emerging technologies. He has recently written articles on how privacy and First Amendment law should apply to public video surveillance, biometric identification methods, virtual reality technology, and library Internet systems. His current research focuses on the intersection between neuroethics, neuroscience, and First Amendment and privacy law.
As an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington D.C., his work focused on telecommunications, privacy law, computer law, intellectual property, constitutional law, and anti-terrorism security measures. While working in Washington, he was also one of the reporters for The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative and was one of the drafters of its Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance. Since 2006, he has also worked closely with the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) in Oklahoma City to organize symposia and other events on the legal framework for counterterrorism. He has frequently served as a television or radio commentator on constitutional law, privacy law, and national security law, and has participated in panel discussions on these subjects held by the Department of Homeland Security and by The Constitution Project and Georgetown University Law Center.
He was voted Professor of the Year by the Merit Scholars at the Law School in 2007 and was also the recipient in 2007 of a Priddy fellowship in which he explored the use of art and technology in teaching.
Professor Blitz received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. (Political Science) and J.D. from the University of Chicago. He teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Analysis, Administrative Law, First Amendment Law, National Security Law, and Law of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Additionally, Professor Blitz has authored and contributed to numerous law review articles and legal books.  Topics range from Searching Minds BY Scanning Brains: Neuroscience Technology and Constitutional Privacy to The Fourth Amendment Future of Public Surveillance: Remote Recording and Other Searches in Public Space.